Matthew & Mark: A Relational Paraphrase
"Paraphrasing Matthew and Mark was a significant spiritual experience for me. As I read their portrait of Jesus, He became more real to me as a Person than ever before, and I recognized anew the relevance and power of His teachings," says Ben Johnson in his preface to Matthew & Mark: A Relational Paraphrase. You, too, will make this discovery of the relevance and power of Jesus Christ as you read this rich paraphrase. As Johnson says, "Jesus is timeless in both His life and teachings. However, each generation must encounter the Jesus of history and translate the meaning of that encounter into relevant, contemporary language - a translation that expresses our relation to Him. . . The paraphrase of scripture is the task of each of us. In fact, every Christian paraphrases . . . because every time you read a verse of Scripture and ask what it means, you are in that moment mentally paraphrasing."