The Bible's Cutting Room Floor

  • by Joel M. Hoffman
  • Narrated by Jonathan Todd Ross
  • 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Bible you usually read is not the complete story. Some holy writings were left out for political or theological reasons, others simply because of the physical restrictions of ancient bookmaking technology. At times, the compilers of the Bible skipped information that they assumed everyone knew. Some passages were even omitted by accident.
In The Bible’s Cutting Room Floor, acclaimed author and translator Dr. Joel M. Hoffman gives us the stories and other texts that didn’t make it into the Bible even though they offer penetrating insight into the Bible and its teachings. The Book of Genesis tells us about Adam and Eve’s time in the Garden of Eden, but not their saga after they get kicked out or the lessons they have for us about good and evil. The Bible introduces us to Abraham, but it doesn’t include the troubling story of his early life, which explains how he came to reject idolatry to become the father of monotheism. And while there are only 150 Psalms in today’s Bible, there used to be many more. Dr. Hoffman deftly brings these and other ancient scriptural texts to life, exploring how they offer new answers to some of the most fundamental and universal questions people ask about their lives. An impressive blend of history, linguistics, and religious scholarship, The Bible’s Cutting Room Floor reveals what’s missing from your Bible, who left it out, and why it is so important.

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excellent overview of book of bible left out

very good overview of noncanonical books, old and new testament easily understood by the layman.
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- Bryan Davis

hard read for a critical thinker

What would have made The Bible's Cutting Room Floor better?

If the author had researched several documents on their own merit and compared them instead of postulating that every deviation from his source document was wrong.


What was most disappointing about Joel M. Hoffman’s story?

In an attempt at literary archeology the author takes inconclusive evidence and arrives at concrete decisions that he states as the facts to build his assumptions moving forward. Every copy of the subject matter has been transcribed from oral tradition so there can be no signature document, however he has chosen to give the oldest document full weight regardless of the other factors like geography, isolationism, the number of copies, and how closely they conform. He seems to have predetermined which document was correct and researched his book by looking for discrepancies is subsequent documents rather than actually researching.


Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Not applicable


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The author presents a lot of interesting facts about historical religious texts, and has some interesting theories. His facts seem to be correct with regards to time lines and people and places.


Any additional comments?

This book is more Dan Brown than historical research, only not as entertaining as Mr Brown.

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- seeis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-10-2014
  • Publisher: Recorded Books