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The Bible Experience

posted by xscot mcknight

I mentioned this before, but just in case you haven’t heard, there is a wonderful reading of the Bible — with some background effects — in The Bible Experience. I’ve enjoyed it while driving, and it is now with mp3 (not sure that I know what that is, but I’m confident you do). The reading is by African Americans.
Anyone listening to this?



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Terrace Crawford

posted February 29, 2008 at 11:26 pm


Yes, I’m very impressed with it.



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Scott M

posted February 29, 2008 at 11:30 pm


I’ve had the NT version for well more than a year now. That was all they had until more recently. I’ve listened to it and enjoy it immensely. I immediately ripped the CDs to my mp3 player, so I don’t think I’ve ever listened to the CDs themselves. ;-)



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John C

posted March 1, 2008 at 1:19 am


I bought the whole Bible version on CD in January, and ripped some of the CDs onto mp3 so that I can listen on the way to work. It’s a really remarkable resource. Sometimes the Hollywood effects are a bit gimmicky, and Blair Underwood’s Jesus doesn’t sound quite right to me (though the role is kinda challenging!). But for the most part it’s streets ahead of earlier recordings that I’ve heard. It makes biblical narratives sound gripping (as they should be), it makes the psalms sound like passionate prayers (as they should be), it makes the epistles accessible and captures the fast-moving quality of the Gospels. I particularly enjoyed Genesis and the majestic final chapters of Isaiah. It’s obvious that The Bible Experience has been produced by believers for the church – this is not another formal, actorly recording of a great cultural relic. It brings Scripture alive.



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Pastor Astor

posted March 1, 2008 at 2:19 am


I agree with earlier comments. Also, I find that listening to the epistles brimgs out the rethoric in a new way. I’m a horrible near sighted reader, and can easily get stuck in one verse, checking notes, and parallel scriptures, other translations etc. Listening to this recording helps me get the bird perspective I often fail to see. I’m totally addicted.



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Ted M. Gossard

posted March 1, 2008 at 5:09 am


I borrowed the New Testametn from our library system, renenewed it, had to return it this week, and have reordered it. I’m also going to check and see if the system will buy the Old Testament (it has a number of copies of the New Testament).
I have listened to the Bible being read most of my Christian life, and this would be my favorite. Even Deb, who grew tired of my listening to that in the past, likes this.
I like it all, and particularly for me, creative things, such as “Paul” starting to read Titus, he fades out and “Titus” fades in reading it from Crete- you can hear he’s near the shoreline. And then in the end Titus fades out and Paul finishes the letter. And the passion of Paul in Galatians and Philippians. I liked Revelation overall quite well, also. And the gospels are great.
Initially I was impressed, but not to the extent that I thought I had to listen to the entire thing through. But it grew on me, and now has me hooked. If I can figure out MP3 down the road and get it, I might get that version of it; much cheaper.
And from what people say here, I look forward to hearing the Old Testament.



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shane magee

posted March 1, 2008 at 7:13 am


yup scott it’s well done. i’m leading a study on john at the moment and pretty much have the bible experience playing on constant repeat through the week to get the text into my head. excellent resource.



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robert gelinas

posted March 1, 2008 at 9:49 am


I began listening to if for Lent last year. I’ve never been one for audio Bible’s but I love this one.
robert



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preacherman

posted March 1, 2008 at 10:30 am


I had the exact feeling and thoughts as Ted.
Scot, I pray God’s blessing on you brother that you will have a wonderful Lord’s Day tomorrow.
I am really getting into the “Emerging Church Movement”. It is exciting.
The books I am currently reading are:
Dan Kimball’s book “The Emerging Church: Vintage Christianity for a New Generation.” I am really enjoy it.
“The Emerging Culture: Five Perspective.”
Brian McLaren’s book: “Everything Must Change” A wonderful read.
Brian McLaren & Tony Campolo’s book “Adventures in Missing the Point.”
All of these book have been full of wonderful information about the Emerging Church. I am so excited. I pray that God will continue to bless the Emerging Church in a powerful way as we seek to do His will.



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Ken Kemp

posted March 1, 2008 at 10:50 am


re The Bible Experience
The promo piece brought me to tears. I bought in. Listening enriches my life. It’s an unashamed combination of text and art. What does it mean to breathe life into the text? This would be a clear example. Thanks for bringin’ it up, Scot.



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Friend of Pascal

posted March 1, 2008 at 12:59 pm


Yes! I have it, and it is absolutely wonderful. Two thumbs up and a some extra fingers.



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Jonathan

posted March 1, 2008 at 2:29 pm


I heard about this from a friend and then that same day randomly saw a NT copy at the library. Picked it up and was impressed by the quality. I could easily be distracted by the entertainment factor. I did find the familiarity of the voices a bit distracting, but overall a good “bible experience.”



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Ben S.

posted March 1, 2008 at 5:56 pm


Scot,
I am using it in my work as I am recording the gospels into a local African language, using local Africans to do all the different parts. I play them a sample of the “Bible experience” in order to get them to understand how I want them to read their parts. They can’t understand the English, but they pick up the change in tone and pace and what not. It’s been very helpful for me.



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Barry

posted March 1, 2008 at 8:59 pm


Yes, I have it on mp3 and I load it onto my cell phone a few books at a time. I love listening to it during drive time to and from church.



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Mike Swalm

posted March 2, 2008 at 9:34 am


i recently bought my wife an imac that sits in our room. I purchased the bible experience for us for valentines (i know, mr. romantic) but it’s been great…we listen before we go to bed each night, and talk about what it is we’re hearing. The act of simply hearing the scriptures is wonderful, made even more so by the calibre of actors and actresses. I will say, though, that sometimes when the lady reading the psalms breaks into her R&B style, it gets a bit….distracting, to say the least. apart form that minor hitch, it’s highly recommended!



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David Cramer

posted March 3, 2008 at 10:08 am


My wife and I ordered this for Christmas on Ben Witherington’s suggestion. I appreciate the way gender inclusive language is used in places where it doesn’t change the meaning of the message. We have used it in our small group and found it an effective way to introduce a passage for study. Also great for all those commutes from Chicago to TEDS!



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Greg Drummond

posted March 4, 2008 at 8:26 am


The thing I appreciate about The Bible Experience is that it makes the books and letters seamless. (Without announcing the chapters). Though I think he has done a great job, I wish that Max Mclean had done the seamless thing in his version of The Listener’s Bible (www.listenersbible.com)



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discokvn

posted March 4, 2008 at 12:56 pm


i bought it for my wife for christmas… we like it, a lot… having a film background, i find the sound effects in the background over the top…
i’ve not understood why people would buy the mp3 version, when you can get the “regular” version and then rip your own mp3′s, at what ever quality you’d like…
p.s. thanks for mentioning larry norman’s passing in another post



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Ann @ Holy Experience

posted March 6, 2008 at 2:42 pm


Thank you, Scot. Purchased this after your first recommendation. As a family we listen most mornings (OT) while eating breakfast, and I listen (NT) while rowing daily. Can’t thank you enough. Our humble gratitude…



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