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Monday, January 01, 2007

Listening to the Bible in a year

Most who visit this blog are highly literate. But we live in a largely post-literate world. I still see airline passengers reading a best selling book during a flight. But I also note an increasing number of passengers, not simply younger ones, who prefer to listen to their iPod or view a DVD movie while flying.

Those who desire that people access and respond to the Bible need to present it in formats which appeal to people today and which work within their busy schedules. Each year, many resolve to read through the Bible in a year. One interesting alternative is to listen to the Bible in a year.

Nearly every major English version which has been produced has been recorded and can be listened to in cassette, CD, or mp3 format. Click here to see what versions and formats are available in audio.

For those who like freebies (I'm one), there are a few Bible versions which are available as free mp3 downloads:
  1. KJV
  2. WEB
  3. Bibles in other languages
  4. NET Bible New Testament
The CEV is available as a free daily audio download. The CEV is particularly good in audio because it is the first English version which was produced to appeal both aurally and orally. Its translators read it aloud to each other to check to see if its words sounded good together. (Not too much later, the GW was also produced with a sensitivity to how it would sound orally.)

You can listen to free downloads of Max McLean reading the entire NIV in a year.

The ESV can be read and/or listened to in a year. There are two daily plans:
  1. Both Testaments and Psalms
  2. Chronological
ESV daily readings can be delivered either by email or RSS feeds.

The Daily Audio Bible (DAB) is unique in that it uses different English Bible versions [e.g. CEV, The Message, NLT, HCSB, NIV, BBE (Bible in Basic English), GW, NRSV, AB (Amplified Bible), NKJV, GNB], each for a week at a time, for its daily Bible feeds. If you listen to the free DAB feeds, you can hear the entire Bible in a year.

You can also listen to the Bible in a year via feeds from The readings are from the NLT first edition.

You can listen to daily readings of the NAB, but they will not take you through the entire Bible in one year.

You can listen to the Hebrew Bible via free downloadable mp3 files.

Do you know of any other Bible versions which are available in daily audio formats?


At Mon Jan 01, 10:58:00 AM, Blogger Iris Godfrey said...

The NET Bible is available in a daily reading form at

At Mon Jan 01, 11:30:00 AM, Blogger Wayne Leman said...

The NET Bible is available in a daily reading form at

Hello, Iris. I have checked out the NET daily reading and it does not include an audio feed, as far as I can tell. But it is also important for us to be aware of each Bible version which has a daily reading selection, so thank you for that information.

At Mon Jan 01, 09:19:00 PM, Blogger Chuck Grantham said...

The NET Bible has only had New Testament audio completed, so far. It is available whenever one gets to that point in your reading plan.

Personally, I'm using the NET for my translation, but reading chronologically based on my old Historical Reference Bible. And I'm reading all the NET notes as I go. And that's a LOT of notes.

At Tue Jan 02, 07:12:00 AM, Blogger DavidR said...

Those Hebrew Bible recordings are wonderful, IMO.

A useful complement (although not in the "daily reading" category) are the audio recordings of the Greek New Testament which can be found here; the parent page is here. As yet, Acts isn't there and John and Romans are incomplete, but there is still quite a lot!

See the "Additional Information" at the bottom of the parent page for the persuasive arguments (to me) defending the use of modern Greek pronunciaton for the readings.

David Reimer


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