Don't Know Much About The Bible

Version: Abridged
Author: Kenneth C. Davis
Narrator: Kenneth C. Davis
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Bibles
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: September 1998
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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Nine out of ten Americans own a Bible, but how much do they know about the one book that has influenced human history more than any other? Don't Know Much About® the Bible by New York Times bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis is designed to illuminate everything we need to know about the Good Book but never learned. With wit, authority, and intelligence, Davis brings the world of the Old and New Testaments to vivid life, setting the panorama of the Scriptures against the historical events that shaped them; clearing up misconceptions and mistranslations; summarizing Bible stories, parables, and miracles; and adding fresh new insights to the world's most owned, least understood book.

Davis is uniquely qualified for the assignment. The creator of the bestselling Don't Know Much About® series, he now illuminates the bestselling book of all time, using his inimitable question-and-answer approach and providing a key to the people, places, and "household names" we need to unlock "The Greatest Story Ever Told." Writes Davis, "I believe people are starved for knowledge. They just want it in a more appealing style than the way it was presented back in school."

Relying on up-to-date research and improved translations, Davis sets out to uncover what the Bible says--and doesn't say. Don't Know Much About® the Bible is the result of his efforts and includes the following observations: There are two different Creation stories told in Genesis, but no apple in the Garden of Eden story. There was no "coat of many colors" in the story of Joseph and his jealous brothers, but rather a long-sleeved robe. Moses didn't write the Torah and he didn't part the Red Sea in his escape from Pharaoh. The Sixth Commandment does not condemn all killing. King David probably didn't kill Goliath and didn't write the Psalms. Jesus wasn't born on Christmas.

Davis brings readers up-to-date on findings gleaned from the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Gnostic Gospels that prompt serious scholars to ask such questions as: Who wrote the Bible? Did Jesus say everything we were taught he did? Did he say more? By examining the Bible historically, Davis also shows which biblical teachings may have suited an ancient, semi-nomadic world but no longer apply to life at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

Reviews (8)

Don't know much about the bible

Written by Dave r Brown on August 13th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Good reader. Great book. Does great job explaining the bible and presenting a pretty unbiased case for/against. I sometimes didn't like him attempting to "disprove" my Bible...but if you truly believe you can't be afraid to hear the other side. I say all should listen to it. I'm going to rent more of his books.

dont know much about the bible

Written by William Anderson on October 25th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It was ok but at times was hard to follow. It covers a lot about the bibles. It does make you think about what the bible was trying to will probably leave you with more ?'s the ansewers

Don't KNow Much About the Bible

Written by Sharon S on August 29th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent - well done, full of information backed with history. Would listen to again.

Good Overview

Written by Anonymous on August 24th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Good presentation of topic and challenge of commonly held beliefs. Enjoyed listening to this series.

Don't Know Much About The Bible [abr]

Written by Anonymous on July 25th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Outstanding!!!!!!!!!! Although I have been acquainted piecemeal from Sunday school classes as well as numerous other opportunities, this is the best opportunity there is for one to really get the "Big Picture." If you have any desire to get the run down on Bible, this is it. Highly recommended!

Don't Know Much About The Bible

Written by Mica Roundcount on March 14th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This audio book was really good. I learned more about the Bible driving to work than I feel I learn at church! The author touches almost every book of the Bible in interesting detail through a Q&A format.

Decent refresher

Written by Anonymous from Marblehead, MA on February 2nd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I had low expectations going into this "book", as it's impossible to tackle even one Book of the Bible in 6 hours. But it did give me just what I wanted. A refresher course of the major themes and history.

Don't Know Much About The Bible

Written by Anonymous from Los Alamitos, CA on November 8th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great synopsis and thankfully approached from an objective point of view. Simply what happens, historical context, discrepancies, common misconceptions, etc.

Author Details

Author Details

Davis, Kenneth C.

Kenneth C. Davis is the bestselling author of "America's Hidden History" and "Don't Know Much About(R) History", which spent thirty-five consecutive weeks on the "New York Times" bestseller list, has sold nearly 1.6 million copies, and gave rise to his phenomenal "Don't Know Much About(R)" series for adults and children. He lives in New York City and Dorset, Vermont.