The New Peace Treaty: A New Translation of the New Testament for a New Millennium

The New Peace Treaty: A New Translation of the New Testament for a New Millennium

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What Is It?


From the Publisher:

The New Peace Treaty is really the Bible. It just doesn’t look or read like any Bible you’ve ever seen!

This amazing book translates the New Testament into modern language so its meaning is understandable to everyone. Chapter and verse have both been removed, because these weren’t added until the Middle Ages, while misunderstood terms are broken down to the basics. All so readers can finally read the most important book of all time on their own terms.

The New Peace Treaty lets the Bible’s text come alive. It was written because God does not speak to us in an ancient language. He wants us to understand!


From the Introduction:

THE NEW PEACE TREATY is a translation with one, simple purpose behind it: to help you understand the Bible, at least that portion of it commonly referred to as the New Testament.

THE NEW PEACE TREATY is a translation, not a paraphrase, of the New Testament. In addition, it is somewhere between a literal translation and a dynamic equivalent, but whereas most translations lean toward literal translation, THE NEW PEACE TREATY leans more toward dynamic equivalent. This alone allows for greater comprehension.   

The Greek of the New Testament is laced with idioms, which cannot be translated literally. THE NEW PEACE TREATY conveys idioms-for-idioms wherever possible.

Another feature of THE NEW PEACE TREATY is that technical and theological words are also translated. Words such as “repent” and “righteousness” and even “Christ” are translated to their meaning, not because there is anything wrong with these words, but because most people do not understand what the words really mean, and those who believe that they know their meanings tend to moralize them in a manner that would not have been understood in the first century. “Repent” in the first century did not mean “you’re bad, be good,” as it often seems to be understood today. In the first century, the word translated “repent” meant “change your attitude,” with the implication that the world is not like you think it is, so change the way you think about the world. The word translated “righteousness” meant being in a “right relationship with God.” The word “Christ” was not Jesus’ last name, but his title: “the Anointed King.”

One very noticeable feature of THE NEW PEACE TREATY is the absence of versification. The documents are not divided up into “chapter” and “verse.” The authors of the New Testament did not write in chapter and verse, but simply wrote documents in the same manner as we would. There are many portions of the Bible that have been separated from each other by a division of chapters. This affects how these portions are read and understood. THE NEW PEACE TREATY reads like the New Testament would have been read in the first century in that there are no “chapters” or “verses” to influence the reader, only the words of the author.
   
In short, THE NEW PEACE TREATY is the Bible that does not look or read like most Bibles. This does not detract from the texts; on the contrary, for many people, it allows the text to come alive for the first time in their lives! THE NEW PEACE TREATY looks like a book and reads like a book. THE NEW PEACE TREATY is designed for those who want the power and the clear meaning of the New Testament to come alive. It is the perfect translation for personal reflection and personal devotion. It is the first translation to look and read like what first century Christians would have heard if they lived in the twenty-first century.

THE NEW PEACE TREATY does not only help Christians read and understand the Bible, it is the perfect translation for those who are not Christian. It is hoped to be the book form of the preaching on Pentecost, where listeners heard the Apostles preach to them in their own language. God does not speak to us in some archaic language and require us to understand. God comes to us on our level. God comes to us where we are. THE NEW PEACE TREATY attempts to translate the Word of God into the words of 21st century people.


Samples of the Text

As John Tells It:

The rational principle that everything in the universe is built on was around with God ever since the beginning. This rational principle was around with God, and it was God. It’s as old as God. Everything in the universe that exists, owes that existence to this rational principle because nothing could exist without it. This rational principle has produced nothing less than life itself, and this life was a light for all of humanity. Even now that light shines in the darkness because the darkness has never been able to turn it off.
   
A man who was sent by God came along. His name was John. He came to testify about the light, so that everyone would come to trust in the light. Let’s be clear about this! He was not the light! He simply came to testify that the light exists.
   
Jesus was the true light that came into the world. He is the light that enlightens all of humanity. He was in the world, and the world owes its existence to him, and yet the world didn’t know who he was. He came to his own people, but his own people refused to accept him. Nevertheless, those who did accept him and who trusted in his name were given the credentials to be called God’s children. They didn’t become God’s children through the normal birthing process–it wasn’t a physical desire or the product of human lust, but they became God’s children by accepting what God had done for them.
   
So the rational principle that everything in the universe is built on came into the world and became human. He lived among us! We saw his glory! It was the sort of glory that was like a one of a kind thing that had come from the Father. He was jam-packed with God’s grace and truth.


 As John Tells It:

After they ate breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Rocky, “Simon, son of John, do you love me unconditionally, more than the others?”  
   
He said to him, “Yes Lord, you know that I care about you a lot.”  
   
Jesus said to him, “Take care of my lambs!”  
   
Jesus said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me unconditionally?”
   
He said to him, “Yes Lord, you know that I care about you a lot.”  
   
Jesus said to him, “Be a shepherd to my sheep!”  
   
Jesus said a third time, “Simon, son of John, do you care about me a lot?”
   
Rocky was distressed because he said to him the third time, “Do you care about me a lot?” He said to him, “Lord, you know everything, you know that I care about you a lot.”
   
[Jesus] said to him, “Take care of my sheep! Amen! Amen! I’m telling you that when you were young, you dressed yourself however you liked and you went wherever you wanted, but when you get old, you will reach out your hands and someone else will dress you and take you places where you don’t want to go.” (Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death Rocky would suffer to bring glory to God). After he said that, Jesus said to him, “Follow me!”


As Matthew Tells It:

So Jesus told them another story: The Kingdom of Heaven is like a king who threw a party to celebrate his son’s wedding. He sent out all of his servants to bring those who were on the guest list. The guests, however, didn’t want to go to the party. So he sent out even more servants to get those who were invited. He gave his servants instructions to tell everyone on the guest list, ‘Check it out! It’s party time! Everything’s ready! Come celebrate my son’s wedding with me!’ The guests ignored the summons and did their own thing. One went to work in his field. Another one went to his shop. The others, however, grabbed the servants, beat them and killed them. So the king went postal. He sent an army to kill the murderers and burn down their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The party is ready, but those who were on the guest list weren’t worthy enough to attend. So here’s what I want you to do, go throughout every street and invite everyone you see to the party.’ So the servants went down every street of the city and invited everyone they saw, regardless of whether they were distinguished or not. Everyone came so it was a huge party. When the king came in to mingle with his guests, he noticed that there was a man who wasn’t appropriately dressed, so he said to him, ‘Hey buddy, how did you get in here dressed like that?’ The man had no excuse, so the king told his servants, ‘Tie him up and throw him out into the night! Once outside he will cry bitterly and clench his teeth because of the pain.’ A lot of people are invited but only a small number are let in.” 


As Matthew Tells It:

“It’s just like a man who was preparing to go on a trip. He called his servants together and divided up his property among them so that they could manage it while he was away. To one servant he gave $5,000, to another he gave $2,000, and to a third he gave $1,000. (He assessed what they knew about financial matters and gave them the amounts of money corresponding to what he judged their financial abilities to be.) Then he left on his trip.
   
Immediately the servant with $5,000 made some shrewd investments and doubled the amount, earning another $5,000. Likewise, the servant with $2,000 did the same thing and doubled his money as well. But the servant with $1,000 didn’t earn a dime. When he left the landlord’s presence, he dug a hole and buried the money to keep it safe.  
   
After a long time, the landlord returned and called his servants together to get his money back. The servant who was given $5,000 went to him, bringing the additional $5,000 as well. He said, ‘Sir, you entrusted me with $5,000. Check it out! I used it to make an additional $5,000 for you.’
   
The landlord said to him, ‘Excellent! You are indeed a useful servant who isn’t afraid to trust in your abilities! Since you were productive with a small amount, I’ll put you in charge of even bigger things! Come on! Let’s party!’  
   
Then the servant who was given $2,000 went to him and said, ‘Sir, you entrusted me with $2,000. Check it out! I made you $2,000 more!’  
   
His lord said to him, ‘Excellent! You are indeed a useful servant who isn’t afraid to trust in your abilities! Since you were productive with a small amount, I’ll put you in charge of even bigger things! Come on! Let’s party!’  
   
Then the servant who was given $1,000 arrived. He said, ‘Sir, I know the kind of man that you are. You are a demanding person, harvesting fields where you didn’t plant any crops and you pick produce from seeds that you did not scatter. So I hid your money in the earth when I left. Check it out! I’m giving you back everything that you gave me.’  
   
The landlord replied, ‘You no good, lazy bum! You say that you know that I harvest from fields where I didn’t plant crops and that I pick produce from seeds that I didn’t scatter, so you should have at least deposited my money in a bank! Then I would have at least earned some interest on it when I returned! So take the $1,000 from him and give it to the one who has $10,000! Those who have will be given more! But those who don’t have anything will lose what little they do have! Throw the no good servant outside into the night! There he will cry bitterly and clench his teeth from the pain.’


 As Matthew Tells It: 

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory with all of his angels, he will sit on his glorious throne. Then he’ll gather together all the nations in front of him. He’ll separate them one from another, just as a shepherd separates his sheep from his goats. He will place the sheep at his right, but the goats will be placed at his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, all of you! My Father sings your praises! Inherit the Kingdom that has been prepared for you ever since the world was made. Because I was hungry and all of you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and all of you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and all of you welcomed me. I was naked and all of you gave me something to wear. I was sick and all of you came to visit me. I was arrested and all of you came to my defense.’
   
“Then these honorable people will say, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and give you something to eat, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and give you something to wear? And when did we ever see you sick or in jail and visit you?’  
   
“And the King will answer them, ‘Amen! I’m telling all of you that whenever you did one of these things for someone, regardless of how unimportant they were, you were also doing it for me!’  
   
“Then he’ll turn to those on his left and say, ‘Get away from me you who are cursed! Your place is the everlasting fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels because I was hungry and none of you ever gave me anything to eat; I was thirsty and none of you ever gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and none of you ever welcomed me. I was naked and none of you ever gave me anything to wear. I was sick and in jail and none of you ever bothered to visit me.  
   
“Then they will answer him just as the first group did,  and say, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in jail. And when did we ever refuse to serve you?’
   
“Then he will answer them saying, ‘Amen! I’m telling all of you that whenever you refrained from doing these things for someone, regardless of how unimportant they were, you were also refraining from doing it for me!’
   
“These people will leave and go into eternal punishment, but the honorable ones will go into eternal life.”


To Corinthians (1):

If I can speak all kinds of human and angelic languages, but I don’t have love, then I become just a noisy gong or a crashing cymbal. And if I have the ability to preach God’s inspired Word, and I understand all of the mysteries and knowledge of the universe, and if I have so much faith that I can move mountains, but I don’t have love, then I’m nothing. I may even be proud that I feed everyone, give away all my possessions, and even sacrifice my own body, but if I don’t have love, then I haven’t achieved anything. Love is patient. Love is kind. It’s not jealous. It doesn’t brag. It’s not conceited. It doesn’t act inappropriately. It isn’t self-centered. It isn’t irritable. It isn’t resentful. It doesn’t celebrate injustice, but celebrates the truth. It puts up with everything. It trusts in everything. It hopes for everything. It patiently endures everything. Love is never used up.
   
Any inspired sermon will be forgotten. Any spoken language will be silenced. Any knowledge will be forgotten. We only know a little and our inspired sermons only preach the little we know. When the time of perfection comes, the little that we know will be forgotten. When I was a baby, I spoke baby talk. I thought like a baby and I viewed the world like a baby. When I became a man, I forgot what it’s like to be a baby. At the present time, it’s like we’re looking at a distorted reflection in a funhouse mirror. At that time we will see everything as it really is. At the present time I only understand a little, but then I will completely understand everything, just like I’m completely understood. At present, these three things are constant: faith, hope, and love, but love is the most important of all of them.


 

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars--20 out of 5 Stars!!!, July 11, 2011
This review is from: The New Peace Treaty: A New Translation of the New Testament for a New Millennium (Paperback)
Has it ever occurred to you that you can read the New Testament and both understand it and apply it to your life without being some scholar or theologian or clergy? You may already be aware that good and easy to read translations are hard to find. There are some popular paraphrases, but they aren't translations from the Greek like this book is.

When people like yourself read The New Peace Treaty: A New Translation of the New Testament for a New Millennium, they are amazed by how much they love it! Can you imagine reading a Bible that is so clear and easy to read? You're going to be so happy when you've bought this amazing book. People can read this book and instantly find they understand it and can begin to apply the New Testament to their every day lives. And that's a good thing, isn't it?

There are some people who may argue that the King James or some other version is the only translation that is valid, but if you were to think about it, isn't actually understanding what the Bible means more important than reading some wooden word for word translation written is some archaic language? When you buy this book and read stories that actually read like stories and letters that actually read like letters, then you'll agree with me that this is one of the best translations of the New Testament you've ever read. By the time you've gotten to the Beatitudes in Matthew, you'll realize that you are getting more out of this New Testament than you have ever gotten out of any other you have read before.

I don't know exactly how much you may want to read the New Testament, or how much you want to understand it and apply it to your life, but isn't it nice to know that there is one translation of the New Testament that can make it come alive? When a friend told me about this translation, I said to myself, "Okay, I'll give it a shot. What have I got to lose?" The fact that I'm writing this review now means that I am so happy I decided to buy this book. When you own your copy, maybe you'll find yourself writing a review too.

You might want to enjoy what so many people are raving about. I wholly recommend this book for anyone, Christian or not, who truly desires to understand what the New Testament is all about. Five stars are not enough to adequately describe how I feel about this book.


5 out of 5 stars--Easy Read, May 4, 2011
This review is from: The New Peace Treaty: A New Translation of the New Testament for a New Millennium (Paperback)
In my opinion, this book is a great way for someone who is not familiar with the Bible or Christianity to gain an understanding of how this religion works. It is an easy read and does not really use big or difficult words that make it hard for the reader to gain an idea of what the author is trying to say. His translation is very user-friendly. This book is highly recommended for anyone who wants a companion book while reading the King James version of the Bible or to help understand Christianity or the material if their beliefs are of another faith.



5 out of 5 stars--Buy This Book!, May 2, 2011
This review is from: The New Peace Treaty: A New Translation of the New Testament for a New Millennium (Paperback)
As many may know, trying to translate and understand The Bible is tedious and often difficult. I had my doubts about reading this book but it was recommended by my college professor so I figured I would check it out. I must say that I was greatly surprised at how easy of a read this book was. The way the author translated The New Testament is astounding and extremely helpful to anyone of all faiths. I have gained such a great understanding of The Bible from reading this book. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and I can guarantee that you will not regret buying this book!



5 out of 5 stars--Hey, you! Buy this book!, May 1, 2011
This review is from: The New Peace Treaty: A New Translation of the New Testament for a New Millennium (Paperback)
I've always wanted to read the Christian Bible, but could never get passed the language. I'm not a Christian, but am interested in learning about the different religions of the world. The author, who happens to also be one of my college professors, translated the New Testament using modern language that is easy to follow.

I would recommend this book to anyone having trouble understanding the New Testament. You can use this book as a guide to help you with any parts of the New Testament you are struggling with, or you can read it from beginning to end. Whether this book is used as a companion to the Christian Bible or as a stand alone book, I can not imagine anyone regretting having bought it.


5 out of 5 stars--Makes an excellent gift!, January 13, 2011
This review is from: The New Peace Treaty: A New Translation of the New Testament for a New Millennium (Paperback)
The New Peace Treaty: A New Translation of the New Testament for a New Millennium makes an excellent gift for people of all faiths. Easy to read and understand. I have given many away for gifts and everyone has loved the book!


5 out of 5 stars--Great Book, January 12, 2011    
This review is from: The New Peace Treaty: A New Translation of the New Testament for a New Millennium (Paperback)
This is a great translation of the New Testament. It is easy to read and understand. it reads like book. It's a great version for daily reflection or just to sit down and read a letter as a whole letter or one of the Gospels as a whole story, rather than being subjected to the "chapter and verse" added in the Middle Ages. It's amazing what jumps out when you remove the artificial chapters that break up the reading.

If you are looking for a version of the New Testament that relays the meaning of the original documents in today's language, then this is the version for you. If you've always wanted to read the New Testament but get bogged down in all the "begats" then this is the version for you. If you want a version of the New Testament that even your non-Christian friends may find useful, then this is the version for you.

 

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