Others want to read a version that gives a close word-for-word correspondence between the original languages and English.Eugene Peterson recognized that the original sentence structure is very different from that of contemporary English.So he began to bring into English the rhythms and idioms of the original ancient Greek—writing straight out of the Greek text without looking at other English translations.As he shared his version of Galatians with them, they quit stirring their coffee and started catching Paul's passion and excitement as he wrote to a group of Christians whom he was guiding in the ways of Jesus Christ. There is a need in every generation to keep the language of the gospel message current, fresh, and understandable—the way it was for its very first readers. The best answer to that question comes from Eugene Peterson himself: ""While I was teaching a class on Galatians, I began to realize that the adults in my class weren't feeling the vitality and directness that I sensed as I read and studied the New Testament in its original Greek.
These concerns surrounding the "ideal" traits that make a man physically attractive, in no small part thanks to the mass media, are beginning to affect men everywhere, especially young boys.I knew that the early readers of the New Testament were captured and engaged by these writings and I wanted my congregation to be impacted in the same way.I hoped to bring the New Testament to life for two different types of people: those who hadn't read the Bible because it seemed too distant and irrelevant and those who had read the Bible so much that it had become 'old hat.'"" Peterson's parishioners simply weren't connecting with the real meaning of the words and the relevance of the New Testament for their own lives.It has become increasingly prevalent in entertainment, media, and advertising in recent years to focus on the beauty of the "ideal" male form.Although studies have shown that women continue to report higher numbers in regards to negative body image, the percentage of men admitting to body dissatisfaction is, shockingly, growing at a much faster rate.