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The Message : The Old Testament History Books in Contemporary Language (Hardcover) Eugene H. Peterson

The Message : The Old Testament History Books in Contemporary Language (Hardcover) Eugene H. Peterson

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Written in the past, but meant for today. Among ancient people, no one was more interested in history than the Hebrews. In fact, they were the world's first historians. But their historical records reveal far more than a chronology of significant events; they reveal how the events related to God. God was constantly active and involved in the lives of his people. He was always and everywhere working his will, evoking faith and obedience, and showing his love and compassion––just as he does in our lives.

Thankfully, to our benefit, the Hebrews' accounts were recorded. By observing how God and our ancestors dealt with each other, we realize the active presence of God in our times. In The Message: Old Testament History Books, Eugene Peterson recounts the Bible's historical books (Joshua through Esther) in the language we use today. Come, celebrate as Joshua, a man of courage and strength, leads the people of Israel in settling the Promised Land. Watch as God weaves the quiet, ordinary life of Ruth into his great plan of salvation. Observe God's way of dealing with human sin as Saul's arrogance and disobedience cost him his dynasty. Join King David on his path of both sweet prosperity and bitter failure. And rejoice as the wise Solomon builds the long-awaited temple and dedicates it to God. Peterson's vivid, easy-to-read paraphrasing translation brings these long-ago events to life in the present, helping us understand and assimilate God's ways in our unfolding history.

June 2023

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