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.
Oxford Doctor of Philosophy and former Edinburgh University lecturer Oliver Ford Davies has, over the last forty years, become one of our most esteemed theatrical and television actors. He spent twelve years with the RSC performing in over twenty-five productions and won the Olivier Award for Best Actor for Racing Demon whilst at the National Theatre. His television work includes five series of Kavanagh QC, Inspector Morse, David Copperfield and Sparkling Cyanide; his films include The Mother, Johnny English, Mrs Brown and Atonement. He has also read the part of Diogenes Laertius from Ancient Greek Philosophy, An Introduction and Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich for Naxos AudioBooks.
“[The author] develops this theory in an intelligent and compelling way, making it palatable to lay audiences. British actor/narrator Oliver Ford Davies (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace) does a magnificent job of using inflection to convey feeling as appropriate. Recommended for all listeners.”
Scott R. DiMarco, Library Journal, on the original audiobook production
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