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Don't Know Much about the Bible

Everything You Need to Know About the Good Book but Never Learned
Narrated by: Arthur Morey, Lorna Raver
Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
4 out of 5 stars (164 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Bringing to life the world of the Old and New Testaments, the acclaimed creator of the best-selling Don’t Know Much About® series transforms dry, difficult reading into colorful and realistic accounts. Relying on new research and improved translations, Kenneth C. Davis uncovers some amazing questions and contradictions about what the Bible really says: 

  • Jericho’s walls may have tumbled down because the city lies on a fault line. 
  • Moses never parted the Red Sea. 
  • There was a Jesus, but he wasn’t born on Christmas and he probably wasn’t an only child. 

Don’t Know Much About® the Bible entertains and astonishes, but more important, provides a much better understanding of the world’s most-owned but least-understood anthology, with much more fun along the way.

©2005 Kenneth C. Davis (P)2005 Random House Audio

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Great overview of the Bible

This book is very educational and shares a lot of historical context to better under the Bible. I am a Christian. This book comes from a scholarly perspective and takes no religious bias. It gave me a deeper appreciation and understanding of all the books of the Bible.

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Enlightening

Not for zealots, this book provides a unique and enlightening view on both the old and new testaments. Not afraid to point out and explain contradictions or take critical viewpoints on some very old, antiquated statements there in.

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Now I know more than almost everyone.

Very well put together; fascinating. Worth listening to over and over, and over, and over.

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Open minded

The book covers most of the questions that you have about the Bible . Well put together ,a must read for anyone willing to learn about the Bible

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decent survey of the topic

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This book is a good place to start if you are interested in an overview of the topic. If you are already familiar with the historical setting surrounding the rise of the Judeo-Christian-Muslim movements you might want to jump straight over to someone like Bart Ehrman for a more detailed, more scholarly experience. One thing i did not like about this book was that in several places the author gives historical timelines to give the reader historical context, but he mixes historical and legendary persons and events without giving the reader any disclaimers, and making no effort to differentiate between fact and fiction. All in all the author seems to bend over backwards to not offend believers, and has produced a book about a potentially "hot" topic that believers, non-believers, and interested bystanders can all read without becoming either offended or intellectually insulted. But, this book is definitely a primer, not for the reader already well versed in the subject unless you're looking for a convenient review.

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Listened for several hours

What did you like best about Don't Know Much about the Bible? What did you like least?

Listened for several hours and realized that I don't think I HEARD a word......can't put my finger on it.......poor narration or dry story matter.....just did not get my attention for a single moment. Now trying to figure out how to delete from my library.....

Would you be willing to try another book from Kenneth C. Davis? Why or why not?

I never give up on anyone.

What three words best describe Arthur Morey and Lorna Raver ’s performance?

dry.....monotone......forgetable.....

Do you think Don't Know Much about the Bible needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

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Not for the weak of faith

While this title is packed with good information, the author moves from explaining a point to personal opinion with no appreciably difference. He comes across as very knowledgeable but sometimes adds prospective without differentiating between what is believed and why to his own views. The narrators is kind of dry and there are a number of instances where the author's sense of humor is lost in a monotone delivery.

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Much More than the Title Implies

I was hesitant about listening to this book because the title implied to me an elementary treatment of the subject. However, the book turned out to be a very detailed review of the content, meaning, history, language, and archaeology of the Old and New Testaments. I found this book to be fascinating, and I plan to listen to it again.

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Great Book<br />

Well done. I read mostly history books and this one was well researched and executed. It's true that most people have no idea what is in the bible. Most have never read it even though they believe it's the word of God.
Spoon fed by the Church and blind in faith.

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  • rcmedic
  • Las Cruces, NM, United States
  • 08-12-17

the title is quite appropriate. the book shares

There are indeed so many different perspectives. this book goes a long way at showing the commonalities between the religions and the associated good books/bibles. A great read.