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Good As New: A Radical Retelling of the Scriptures [Hardcover]

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This radical new translation conveys the early Christian scriptures in the idiom of today. It follows principles of cultural and contextual translation, and returns to the selection of books the the early Church held in highest esteem.

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Pages   608
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.78" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.38"
Weight:   1.66 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   O Books
ISBN  1903816734  
ISBN13  9781903816738  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Henson graduated in history and theology from Southampton and Oxford Universities, and is now a retired Baptist minister. He is the editor of Good As New, the radical new translation of the New Testament.He lives in Cardiff, Wales.

John Henson was born in 1975.

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Engaging with a British Twist  Apr 30, 2006
"Good as New: A Radical Retelling of the Scriptures" is a fresh translation from Britain that makes for good reading and gives the more American "The Message New Testament" a run for the money. This translation includes the four gospels in their chronological order of writing, and refreshingly adds the Gospel of Thomas (incorrectly identified as gnostic by some reviewers). Luke-Acts are placed together as they should be, the letters actually penned by St. Paul are labelled as such, and those by members of the pauline school are noted as being by "Paul's Team" (Great!) The pseudo-pauline letters included in the "canonical" New Testament are left out. And the non-pauline letters, such as those of James and John, are included as the "four calls". The Revelation of John is not included (something many of the early Church fathers also recommended) Un-Christian historic readings that disparage women and [...] are more lovingly and inclusively rendered in this translation, much to the chagrin of more legalistic Christians. This paraphrase includes some inovative ways of rendering people and places that takes some gettng used to. There is, as would be expected of a British translation, some idiomatic phrasing that might be unfamiliar to those used to American english. Praised by a variety of Christian teachers, including evangelist Tony Campolo and Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, this translation is suitable for private reading and for use in contemporary liturgical presentations and in public readings of the Gospels and Epistles. I highly recommend "Good as New", supplemented by a more literal translation such as the New Revised Standard Version. Innocently leaving copies around where your more conservative brothers and sisters in Christ might inadvertently pick it up and read it is highly encouraged!
What a great way to make the Word speak to a new age  Nov 26, 2005
This is not a critial, scholarly translation of the Christian Scriptures. It does not attempt to be. It is a wonderful paraphrase which speaks more clearly than most "technical" translations. I highly recommend this book, not as a replacement to a critical translation, but as a breath of fresh air on an old subject.
Pluggeth thy nose against this stink......  Aug 30, 2005
Man, I thought the Oxford Inclusive Version of the New Testament was bad. Ladies and gentlemen, I believe we have found its rival in the bad Bible category. This one stinks to high heaven. Even though the warning given in Revelation 22:18-19 about changing the contents of the Word of God refers only to Revelation itself, I think it is still nothing short of blasphemous to rewrite the Bible to suit one's own personal agenda, especially when not so much as an iota of actual translation work has been done on it. "Good As New" is far worse than a paraphrase---it is a botch job. I have never read the NIV-Inclusive version (NIVI), but I am willing to wager that even it doesn't approach the sheer insanity of this disaster.

I rate it "PG" for "Pathetic Garbage".
Love it or loathe it  Feb 21, 2005
It doesn't take a theological or literary genius to work out that you'll either love this book or loathe it. You'll either be moved by its contemporary telling of the Jesus story, or you'll consider it blasphemy. If you come from a conservative tradition which believes that the Bible is the Word of God, then you aren't going to like it. If you come from a more liberal tradition which takes seriously the claim of John's Gospel that JESUS (nb NOT the Bible) is the Word of God, then you may be more sympathetic.

Those who are able to come to this volume with a truly open mind and an open heart are likely to be spiritually uplifted. It really is that sort of book. But if you come to this sort of thing with a closed view of scripture or with any hardness in your heart, then you are probably best advised to stick to the version of the Bible that you know.

As a postscript: amazingly a reviewer quotes Proverbs: ""Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar." PROVERBS 30:6".

Given that this Proverb is a thousand years older than the New Testament itself, it's a good job that it was rejected as bad advice by those who first wrote down the Jesus story......
A Warning to Potential buyers of this book:  Jan 24, 2005
Should people add their thoughts to God's Word and create a paraphrase Bible?

What does God's Word say?

"Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar."

On the last page of the Bible, from the book of Revelation, you read:

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. Revelation 22:18-19

The Bible is clear and to the point:

"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:9 (KJV)

God wants us to continue in His Word, not mans, Jesus said:

"If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

In Christ,


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