Eugene Peterson
Eugene Peterson


Eugene H. Peterson
Eugene H. Peterson (born November 6, 1932) is an American-born clergyman, scholar, author, and poet. He has written over thirty books, including Gold Medallion

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Eugene H. Peterson Eugene Peterson speaking in Seattle, 2009.Born (1932-11-06) November 6, 1932 (age 85)
East Stanwood, WashingtonEducation B.A. Seattle Pacific University
S.T.B. New York Theological Seminary
M.A. Johns Hopkins UniversityNotable work The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language

Eugene H. Peterson (born November 6, 1932) is an American-born clergyman, scholar, author, and poet. He has written over thirty books, including Gold Medallion Book Award winner The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language[1] (Navpress Publishing Group, 2002), a paraphrase of the Bible.[2]

Contents Personal life

Peterson was born in East Stanwood, Washington and grew up in Kalispell, Montana. He earned his B.A. in philosophy from Seattle Pacific University, his S.T.B. from New York Theological Seminary, and his M.A. in Semitic languages from Johns Hopkins University.[3] He also holds several honorary doctoral degrees.[4] In 1962, Peterson was a founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Bel Air, Maryland, where he served for 29 years before retiring in 1991. He was Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia until retiring in 2006. He now lives in Montana.

The Message

Peterson is probably best known for The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language. Although The Message has received criticism from some bible scholars, many people read Peterson's paraphrased Bible because they find it accessible. The stated goal of The Message was to make the original meaning more understandable and accessible to the modern reader. Peterson explains:

“ When Paul of Tarsus wrote a letter, the people who received it understood it instantly, When the prophet Isaiah preached a sermon, I can't imagine that people went to the library to figure it out. That was the basic premise under which I worked. I began with the New Testament in the Greek --- a rough and jagged language, not so grammatically clean. I just typed out a page the way I thought it would have sounded to the Galatians.[5] ” Selected works


Pastoral Theology series

Praying with the Bible Series

Spiritual Theology series

References
  1. ^ 2006 Gold Medallion Book Awards Winners - Bibles category
  2. ^ "Introduction to the New Testament, from The Message". Retrieved 2008-06-03.
  3. ^ FAQs from Navpress
  4. ^ Regent College faculty page
  5. ^ Clint Kelly. "Eugene Peterson: The Story Behind The Message". Lifeway. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
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