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

Good content, rather poor presentation by narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, but I would warn them about the patronizing narration style and recommend the print version.


What other book might you compare The Bible's Cutting Room Floor to and why?

History of the Bible- The Making of the New Testament Canon
by Bart D. Ehrman,The Great Courses


How could the performance have been better?

The narrator speaks clearly and pronounces names and places properly, for the most part (far moreso than most non-fiction narrators tend to do).
The problem is that his style is that of an adult reading "down to" a child. He makes me feel like I am a 6 year old during story time at the public library.


Any additional comments?

There is some highly interesting information in this book. Overall, I think Bart Ehrman's works are a bit better, but you do yourself a disservice if you only look at things from one vantage point. This compliments Ehrman's similar books and Great Courses lecture series.

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- J_T

Book Details

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