How We Got the Bible

  • by Neil R. Lightfoot
  • Narrated by Claton Butcher
  • 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

How We Got the Bible provides factual, accessible answers to questions such as: How and when did the books of the Bible originate? In what sense are these books different from other books? How have these books been preserved and transmitted to us? Why do we have so many different translations of the Bible?
A popular guide for Bible students, it has sold more than one million copies during its 40 years in print. Learn about the development of the most important book in history.


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It's one of those books that you need to keep repeating over and over. It has lots of details and information.
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- Enrique Aviles

An Excellent and Enlightening Audiobook

This was a fascinating as well as comprehensive Bible lineage. Nothing is left out. It begins with the stone, clay, leather, and papyrus that the words were originally written on to what was used to write with and who was writing it all the way to how we've gotten to the most popular Bible(s) KJV and NIV to date. This was an impressive piece of work written by the late Dr. Neil R. Lightfoot.

I listened to this book slowly as it was a lot to absorb with many details. Ancient texts were called codex or codices and were the first bound books. Early ones consisted of letters, narratives, and etc. This book talks about the languages which were Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. The three oldest manuscripts in the world are the Vatican, the Sinaiticus, and the Alexandrian. There's also the Psoriatic, the Coptic, and the Latin.

This book also talks about Ben Asher, William Tyndale as well as other important figures. This is a very comprehensive book and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in ancient text or the Bible. This is a study guide as well and one can skip around to different parts. I'm amazed at how much of this I retained. Loved it.

Claton Butcher's performance was outstanding. He made this an amazing listen. His voice inflections and cadence were so much in tune with the book that he made it easy to follow and understand. His pronunciations were/are impeccable. I'm a huge fan of his work.

Audiobook received inx for my honest review.
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- Teresa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-17-2016
  • Publisher: Baker Books