The most basic element of biblical studies is knowing the text. One can gain familiarity with Scripture in a variety of ways, but I have come to prize having someone read it to me. It’s even better if I can listen to someone reading it while I’m doing something that does not require my primary attention.  There are many audio recordings of the Bible in quite a diversity of versions. But without too much trouble, esvbible.org allows free downloading of its audio files, which are a decent translation and avoid the odd dramatization from which so many such recordings suffer. If you click on the link above, you’ll see this:

ESVbiblescrnshtClick on the icon in the top left corner that says “Bible” (circled in red, above). You’ll see this:

Screen shot 2014-04-11 at 6.35.37 PMScroll in the left column to whatever book you want to read for now, for example, Acts, and click on it. You’ll see this:

Screen shot 2014-04-11 at 6.38.12 PMClick on whatever chapter you want to start downloading, for example, “1” to begin downloading an audio file of the first chapter of Acts. You’ll see this:

ESVActs ScreenShot

Where it says “Listen,” (circled in red above) right-click (or ctrl-click on a Mac) and select “Download Linked File As…” or “Save Target As…” and choose a place on your hard drive to save your MP3 audio file.s (NB – Chrome doesn’t seem to allow the right-click linked audio file save; but Safari and most other browsers do.) I also recommend re-naming them according to what they are, e.g., “Acts1.mp3.”  Once you have downloaded all the chapters you can listen to them using whatever music software you have that allows you to play MP3s (such as iTunes) simply by double-clicking on the files.  I suggest making playlists of whole books, chapter by chapter, which will allow you to hear a whole text at a time in its integrity.

Enjoy!

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