Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Bible podcasts

There are several podcasts that read through the Bible. If you don't know, a podcast is like a radio show except on the internet, and every time an episode comes out, your computer automatically loads it, so that you can listen to it whenever you want. On your ipod, or on your computer, you decide. In this case, there are people reading through the Bible. Here are some I know about:

The Daily Audio Bible
This is produced by Brian Hardin, a music producer in Nashville, who reads through the Bible in a year. The Old Testament and the New Testament are divided into 365 sections, and he reads the Old Testament section, the New Testament section, a psalm, and a section from Proverbs.

This is the most professionally-produced one I know. Because it's the whole Bible in one year, each podcast is about 15 to 30 minutes. He switches translations every week so you get to be familiar with many translations.

This one is probably the most fun, for several reasons. It has an amateurish feel, though the sound is clear. The reading quality is irregular since different people take turns reading. This one doesn't have a goal of reading through the Bible in a year, so they take a smaller chunk each time. Each episode is roughly 3 to 7 minutes long. They don't go strictly consecutively through the Bible; instead, they take a book seemingly chosen at random, and read through it.

The translation they use is the CEV (Contemporary English Version), which is pretty easy to listen to and understand for even those who don't have much experience with Christian phraseology. Each episode ends with a suggestion on what to "think about", what to "pray about" and what to "do". They're sometimes insightful, and sometimes just funny.

The Bible Podcast
This is somewhat in between the previous two. It's intermediate in professionalism, length of episodes (4 to 8 minutes each episode), it uses the New English translation which is fairly easy to understand but is a bit more standard than the CEV is, it does the same thing as the Podbible in jumping around to different books, but for each book, reading several consecutively.

They also shut down last year for several months. I don't know why. But they're back up again.

In case you don't know, you use podcasts with iTunes or some other program (generically called a "podcatcher") to regularly download these episodes when they come out, and iTunes or whatever podcatcher you use will alert you when the new episode is ready. At each of these sites there is a button you can click on to have your podcatcher subscribe to the service.


At 4:33 PM, Anonymous Michael Lee said...


Thank you for the link. The Bible Podcast went off-line this fall because it was my first year as a newly-minted University Professor, and I couldn't spare the time to keep up with the podcasts.

Since the podcast is a one-man project, the only option was to put it on pause for a little while. Glad to say that the podcast is back up and running, and going strong with around 1,200 daily subscribers.

Thanks for listening



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