Why another translation of the New Testament?
As Tom Wright points out in his Preface: `Translating the New Testament is something that each generation ought to be doing. Just as Jesus taught us to pray for our daily bread, we can never simply live on yesterday's bread, on the interpretations and translations of previous generations.'
Professor Wright's concern is that Scripture should be something that everyone can read, understand and enjoy. Without Scripture, how can we know the mind and heart of our loving God? So this renowned biblical scholar has undertaken a tremendous task: to produce a modern and accessible version of the New Testament. He has drawn together the translations of Scripture from his For Everyone guides to make a seamless whole.
Broken up into easy-to-read, bite-sized chunks and illustrated throughout with clear, helpful maps, this is a new rendering of ancient wisdom that can be read like a novel, studied in sections or used as an aid to daily devotion.
Tom Wright is the Bishop of Durham and is a regular broadcaster on radio and television. He is the author of over forty books, including the For Everyone guides to the New Testament, the highly acclaimed series, Christian Origins and the Question of God, and the best-selling books Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope (all SPCK)
`The For Everyone series of commentaries ought to be on the shelves of every preacher, and indeed everyone who takes their Bible seriously ... Wright has a knack of wearing his learning lightly, but displaying enough of it to give the reader confidence that he knows what he's talking about ... He writes from a genuinely pastoral heart, and with a deep conviction that the Bible is God's word for us today, not just an historical puzzle for dusty academics.'
- Baptist Times
`The translation is uniformly clear and engaging (and it would be good eventually to see the whole NT translation published after the manner of J. B. Phillips) ... It is hard to imagine any Christian reader - or preacher - who would not benefit from these volumes.'
- Expository Times
'Wright writes wonderfully, accessibly and as smooth as fine chocolate.'
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