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How We Got the Bible Audiobook

How We Got the Bible

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How We Got the Bible provides factual, accessible answers to questions such as: How and when did the books of the Bible originate? In what sense are these books different from other books? How have these books been preserved and transmitted to us? Why do we have so many different translations of the Bible?

A popular guide for Bible students, it has sold more than one million copies during its 40 years in print. Learn about the development of the most important book in history.

©2010 Baker Books (P)2016 Baker Publishing Group

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    Enrique Aviles 08-30-16
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    "Flawless"

    It's one of those books that you need to keep repeating over and over. It has lots of details and information.

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    Teresa 07-12-16
    Teresa 07-12-16

    It makes me happy to wake up everyday and look forward to listening. Many times I listen while doing artwork. I find it very relaxing.

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    "An Excellent and Enlightening Audiobook"

    This was a fascinating as well as comprehensive Bible lineage. Nothing is left out. It begins with the stone, clay, leather, and papyrus that the words were originally written on to what was used to write with and who was writing it all the way to how we've gotten to the most popular Bible(s) KJV and NIV to date. This was an impressive piece of work written by the late Dr. Neil R. Lightfoot.

    I listened to this book slowly as it was a lot to absorb with many details. Ancient texts were called codex or codices and were the first bound books. Early ones consisted of letters, narratives, and etc. This book talks about the languages which were Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. The three oldest manuscripts in the world are the Vatican, the Sinaiticus, and the Alexandrian. There's also the Psoriatic, the Coptic, and the Latin.

    This book also talks about Ben Asher, William Tyndale as well as other important figures. This is a very comprehensive book and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in ancient text or the Bible. This is a study guide as well and one can skip around to different parts. I'm amazed at how much of this I retained. Loved it.

    Claton Butcher's performance was outstanding. He made this an amazing listen. His voice inflections and cadence were so much in tune with the book that he made it easy to follow and understand. His pronunciations were/are impeccable. I'm a huge fan of his work.

    Audiobook received inx for my honest review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    lindal 07-06-16
    lindal 07-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "History of the Bible"

    Interesting. If you like history, and you want to know how the Bible made it thru the centuries, you will find this a good retelling of it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. Williams Atlanta 09-05-16
    L. Williams Atlanta 09-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent for laymen. Enjoyable voice and content."

    I have listened to this book twice and have throughly enjoyed it. My guess is that it is written at a Bible College level but not at such a level that a layman would not enjoy. I highly recomend it for most individuals wanting to understand how we can have a high level of certainty that the Bible we have today is what God would have in our hands. This made the transmission of the scriptures much clearer in my mind. Loved it!

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    Estevao 11-30-16
    Estevao 11-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great introduction to biblical studies"

    The books could also be aptly named "A overview of Biblical Scholarship." To be sure, this isn't a work on theology. Rather it's about the book, its origins and transmission.

    I particularly like the fact that author is open about his Protestant bias and does a fantastic job of keeping information separate from opinion. I can trust an author who's honest about his bias more than an author who blends opinion into his/her facts.

    The contents of this book are required reading for any person with an interest in the Bible, Christian or otherwise. Because this book is not itself a source of scholarship but rather a compilation of it, the information here can technically be found elsewhere. However, one would be hard-pressed to find it in such a clear, concise, direct and organized way. The summary section at the end of each chapter was particularly helpful for the audio format. When listening instead of reading, sometimes I gloss over details and lose track of the structure of the book. Not so with these recaps.

    The narrator's tone and interpretation sounds a little unnatural, but not enough to distract from the book.

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    Yui094 06-09-16
    Yui094 06-09-16
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    "Excelent introduction to the Bible's origin"

    Hated that the chapters i Audible disn't have the chapter names of the book.
    Can't fault the author or the reader.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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