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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (657 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kenneth C. Davis Narrator: Arthur Morey, Lorna Raver Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9780739324080
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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, which has more than 1.6 million copies in print, 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."

Relying on up-to-date research and improved translations, Davis set 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. Noah invented wine and cursed the son who had seen him drunk and naked. 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. Jericho's walls may have tumbled down because the city lies on a fault line. King David probably didn't kill Goliath and didn't write the Psalms.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgene | 2/17/2014

    " The more I read about the historical placement (when they were written) of the books of the old Testament, the more confused I get! EVERY author/"authority" has a different date it seems...sigh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Darrow | 2/12/2014

    " Davis makes a quality "every-man" intro book. His introduction is, admitidly, a bit dense, but the rest of the book does a great job at explaining the ins and outs of the Bible. It contains enough nuts and bolts to appeal to a non-believer, but gives enough respect to the Bible to make a diehard Christian happy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse Winslow | 1/31/2014

    " Overall, this is probably the best book I've read on the subject. That subject being the history and idiosyncrasy of the Bible. Although not as detailed as Friedman's "Who Wrote the Bible?" it covers the entire Bible, not just the Old Testament. A fantastic book for believers and non-believers alike as it gives you quite a bit of insight into the background of the Good Book and many of the stories you were taught incorrectly in Sunday School. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen Marcolongo | 1/28/2014

    " I wonder how many people have actually read the bible? A truly disgusting book.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/27/2014

    " Very interesting read. The author definitely comes from the believer's point of view and skips over a few things I'd like to see explained, but overall good. Investigating the origins of stories and the history surrounding the writers provides interesting insights. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/24/2014

    " "It is quite obvious that the author does not think that the bible is the divinely inspired word of God." That is why i like this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 1/19/2014

    " Good read about the good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glen | 1/16/2014

    " Great read. Took a subject I admittedly know next to nothing about and made it accessible and interesting a the same time. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray | 1/13/2014

    " Good to have as a reference so that you can combat crazies who misquote religious text. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Wallihan | 12/27/2013

    " Really interesting reading. The author takes an academic approach to bible study and delves into how history and human motivations influenced the final outcome of the biblical canon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K.J. Kron | 12/20/2013

    " I good starting point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mila | 11/24/2013

    " Funny, witty and easy to read. I like the way the chapters are outlined so you can leaf through and choose a chapter that sounds interesting so you don't have to read it in sequence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregg | 11/16/2013

    " When I become emperor, this will be required reading for any fundamentalist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy-Karen | 9/10/2013

    " Very, very interesting. Lent to me by my good friend Liz DiLuzio. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 2/19/2013

    " This treatment of the scriptures is a good overview. It seeks to answer some difficult and compelling issues but does not provide enough information to be balanced. Although I agree with much of the work, it seems set-up to cause controversy for the sake of controversy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel Kopel | 6/20/2012

    " A great help with the bible study puzzle. Answering some questions about who, what, where, why, when and how. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Renee | 3/9/2012

    " I enjoyed this book. This is one of my favorite authors so I went into this book expecting to like it and I was not disappointed. My one quibble was that the author at times seemed to try too hard to take an alternative approach and give new meanings. Overall, it was an interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 3/4/2012

    " Have skimmed enough to have my questions answered by an easy-to-understand book (by someone who has done all the research I'm too lazy to do). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Dukelow | 2/22/2012

    " Great but quite long. Repetitious in many places but that might be good for some who may just pick out their favorite stories to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 10/8/2011

    " Plenty of good stuff in here, but I'm not going to finish it because I, in fact, pretty much knew all the things it was talking about "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Holden | 7/19/2011

    " I am not at all religious, but I loved this book. It gives a clinical look, putting the bible's writing in a much better context. No longer am I bamboozled by religious nuts about what the bible says and why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 7/16/2011

    " great overview of the history of the bible- funny and interesting too "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 5/5/2011

    " If you are an athiest, you will find this humorous. If you are of christian faith, you will find this offensive and blasphemous. I find it to be a very necessary educational manual that future schools should teach children. How silly wars based on religion would seem. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/1/2011

    " Davis is clearly knowledgeable, but his writing style us awkward, distracting the reader from the interesting tale of American history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mislette | 3/27/2011

    " this book will open eye to the true not the novel you being reading at school.
    you will see the multicultural this nation is,what it represent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 1/29/2011

    " This is a good book for people who know nothing about history. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 11/24/2010

    " Read the entire book for Growth of America Class. It had a few interesting takes on history, but all in all, i found it to be vague and rather droll. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 11/23/2010

    " 11/23/10 Nothing special, but not bad for a quick review. 2.5 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natefederman | 11/3/2010

    " Nice little refresher on American History. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 11/2/2010

    " Pretty good. I don't think it would have been as interesting if I'd read it instead of listening on audio ()car book, 10 min a day "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 10/28/2010

    " Perfectly adequate as either quarter-life refresher course or occasional reference guide. Davis is no hagiographer, but he's also not out to topple our national heroes, either. Davis's America is as it should be: a noble experiment with as many embarrassments as points of pride. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherri | 10/17/2010

    " It sounded so good from the cover -- it was going to be humorous, witty and contain little known and interesting facts about US history. It was a good review of the history of our nation but I was a bit disappointed. "

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About the Author
Author Kenneth C. Davis

Kenneth C. Davis is an American popular historian and the author of the Don’t Know Much About® series with more than four million copies in print worldwide. He is a frequent media guest on national television and radio, has written for the Op-Ed page of the New York Times, and has been a commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered.

About the Narrators

Arthur Morey graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.

Lorna Raver, named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year, has received numerous Audie Award nominations and fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. An experienced stage actress, she has also guest-starred on many top television series and starred in director Sam Raimi’s film Drag Me to Hell. Her numerous audiobook credits include The Age of Innocence, Up from Orchard Street, The Lodger, Selected Readings from the Portable Dorothy Parker, and Diamond Ruby.