• What Is the Bible?

  • How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything
  • By: Rob Bell
  • Narrated by: Rob Bell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-18-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.8 (30 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Rob Bell, using his inspired and inquisitive approach, focuses on the most widely read book of all time. He provides surprising insights and answers about how the Bible actually works as a source of faith and guidance, showing a brand-new way of interpreting this sacred text.
Rob Bell, the beloved author of Love Wins and What We Talk About When We Talk About God, goes deep into the Bible to show how it is more revelatory, revolutionary, and relevant than we ever imagined - and offers a cogent argument for why we need to look at it in a fresh, new way.
In Love Wins, Rob Bell confronted the troubling questions that many people of faith were afraid to ask about heaven, hell, fate, and faith. Using the same inspired, inquisitive approach, he now turns to our most sacred book, the Bible. What Is the Bible? provides insights and answers that make clear why the Bible is so revered and what makes it truly inspiring and essential to our lives.
Rob takes us deep into actual passages to reveal the humanity behind the Scriptures. You cannot get to the holy without going through the human, Rob tells us. When considering a passage, we shouldn't ask, 'Why did God say...?' To get to the heart of the Bible's meaning, we should be asking, 'What's the story that's unfolding here, and why did people find it important to tell it? What was it that moved them to record these words? What was happening in the world at that time? What does this passage/story/poem/verse/book tell us about how people understood who they were and who God was at that time?' In asking these questions, Rob goes beyond the one-dimensional question of 'is it true?' to reveal the Bible's authentic transformative power.
Rob addresses the concerns of all those who see the Bible as God's word but are troubled by the ethical dilemmas, errors, and inconsistencies in Scripture. With What Is the Bible?, he recaptures the good book's magic and reaffirms its power and inspiration to shape and inspire our lives today.
©2017 WORB, Inc. (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

Praise for Rob Bell:
"Bell is at the forefront of a rethinking of Christianity." ( Time)
"One of the most influential evangelical pastors." ( The New York Times)
"Rob Bell is one of the hottest names." ( Boston Globe)
"Bell will be joined by the likes of Brian McLaren, James Martin, Diana Butler Bass and Carol Howard Merritt." ( Christianity Today)
"Forever grateful for the brilliant mind, boundless heart and fierce faith of Rob Bell. His work convinced me that it was possible - maybe necessary and thrilling - to be a person of both faith and intellect.... Please read everything Rob's ever written and then go see him live." (Glennon Doyle Melton, author of Carry On, Warrior)
"It isn't easy to develop a biblical imagination that takes in the comprehensive and eternal work of Christ.... Rob Bell goes a long way in helping us acquire just such an imagination - without a trace of soft sentimentality and without compromising an inch of evangelical conviction." (Eugene H. Peterson, professor emeritus of spiritual theology, Regent College, and author of The Message and The Pastor)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Laurence Martins on 07-12-17

Guess who's back!? Back again!

Everyone will benefit from this book! yes. even the Christians...

It's a piece of CLARITY and literary enlightenment for this generation!

i luv his humor and flow...he brings deep issues to the surface and challenges us to go into the deep end with him...

nothing in this book is "new" (like all things under the sun)...hermeneutics for the simple minded...he reads the bible like an artist, a critic, a historian, a scientist, and with a generous heart.

5Star for his vivid narration....easy to listen to...
just download it...

(luv u, Rob. so thankful that OurFather, put me in the same timeline of history as u)

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3 out of 5 stars
By J. Hamer on 07-19-18


Although it contains some real nuggets of insight and information I found Rob Bell's telling erratic and sometimes confusing. Perhaps this needs to be read rather than listened to, to further understanding of what he is saying.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mitzi on 01-15-18

So interesting and educational and enlightening and ...

Despite Rob Bell’s apparent disdain for the comma, I absolutely loved this book. I learned so much; deeply insightful observations about scripture context and meaning. I highly recommend to anyone even slightly intrigued by the Bible. It helps to be familiar with the books of the bible but you can definitely still enjoy this book without any knowledge of them. Can’t wait to read my next Rob Bell book! His podcast is great, too.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 06-21-18


Rob makes the Bible come alive with deeply insightful thoughts on these ancient texts that are both easy and enjoyable to listen to.

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By Anonymous User on 04-15-18

Deep diving at its most insightful!

I have always read the bible one dimensionally and it has left me with many more questions than answers but I’ve never found an engaging enough way to get answers other than loads of theological research by academic writers. (Which I have never pursued with any real vigour). This book is packed with insight and truths that are constantly blowing my my mind! I wish he would go from the start of the bible and work through every single line. I’d read that forever!

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