Peter Whitfield's accessible introduction to the Bible, aimed at the secular listener, approaches literary and theological material from historical and cultural perspectives. The contents of the brief audiobook are narrow, with a cursory overview of the Old and New Testaments. The bulk of the material deals with the history of biblical scholarship and the influence of the Bible on Western - primarily Protestant - civilization. The highlight of the production is Oliver Davies's narration, in which he presents the material like a skilled Oxford don. Davies's silken articulation makes for a listening experience that has both melodic elegance and a scholarly patina.
History or myth? The word of God or the words of men? What is the Bible? This history, especially written for this recording, describes clearly and concisely how the Bible came into being, what it contains, and its appearance in the ancient languages of Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.
After 400 years, the King James Version remains a religious text and a literary epic, though many other translations before and since - William Tyndale, the Good News Bible - have influenced generations. This fascinating, accessible introduction places the Bible in its religious and cultural context, showing why men lived and died in its shadow.