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A truly remarkable approach to sharing the powerful Word of God has been made available to the world due to the application of modern technology to solve a communication dilemma: how do you share God’s Word with people who cannot, or will not, read? The solution: the audio Bible. The Bible says that “Faith comes by hearing,” and through utilizing the power of audio technology, people around the globe can be exposed to the life-changing knowledge that comes from hearing the Word of God.

For those looking for a small and easily portable audio version of the Bible, audio Bible Downloads used with an MP3 Audio Bible would work well. This version of the Bible can be downloaded onto your mp3 player, a tiny audio playback device that is about the size of a pack of chewing gum. The audio Bible mp3 format gives you a way to take your Bible study with you to listen to when you work out, as you commute in your car to and from work, while you ride the bus or train, or any other time you have free time that could be spent in a profitable way. Parents with small children will find that there are occasions when you are watching your children during nap times that you find yourself in need of a quiet activity, and this can be a great opportunity for using an mp3 audio bible with ear phones so as not to wake the children. You will likely be amazed at how much reading you can get done in the course of a day when you listen to the Book instead of picking up a hard copy.

The Bible comes in audio versions appropriate for children to use as well. Kids love new technologies, and if you give them the Bible on an mp3 player, they will likely find it to be “cool,” and will be more inclined to listen.

If you have a computer, there are several versions of the audio Bible on CD, or compact disc. These can be played on your computer’s CD drive, and listened to through your computer’s speakers. If you have children, you will be happy to know that there are Childrens’ Bible Stories on audio CD available, so you can be sure there is something wholesome for them to listen to on the computer.

Those involved in missions to third-world countries without reliable electricity service know that electronic device use there can be dicey. There are audio playback devices that have been built to run on solar power, so as long as there is sunlight to recharge the battery, people can listen to the Word of God in their specific native language. There are green units that provide digital-quality sound using solar power that provide enough volume that groups as large as 300 people can gather to listen. The audio bible is a great gift to the world, who might not otherwise be able to learn about the powerful message held in God’s Word.

As a mother of two small children, Susan Slobac finds the MP3 audio Bible appropriate for her children to use. She uses the audio Bible on CD to listen to in her car. Susan finds the technology of the audio Bible fascinating and encourages her fellow Church members to take advantage of the many uses for the online audio Bible.

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Audio Bibles offer an easy method for spending time with God’s Word in the busiest of schedules. One of the benefits of the audio Bible is that it is available on CD and other digital formats so that it can be played back in a variety of different ways: from your home computer, or a personal CD player or DVD player. With new Internet and digital aural technologies, the audio Bible is now available to the public online in mp3 format. Your children can benefit from all of the digital expertise brought to bear on the Word of God and sharing it with a multitude of people who, for many reasons, are not readers. Very young children, for example, are not at a stage in their development where they are able to read, and can thus benefit from being introduced to the Bible through listening to the children’s Bible in an audio format.

Children learn in predominantly one of three different ways: auditory, visual and kinesthetic. Auditory learners learn by hearing new information, while visual learners gain new knowledge by seeing it, and kinesthetic learners are hands-on types who learn by doing. If your child happens to favor the auditory learning style, then sharing the Bible with them in an audio format might be just what they need to make a vital connection to the wisdom found in God’s Word.

Audio children’s bibles share the best of the Bible’s stories from both the Old and New Testaments in a dramatized version, which includes spoken character voices, music and even sound effects, to bring the Bible to life for your child. It also utilizes a child-friendly version of the Bible, which stays true to the meaning of the Bible but utilizes language that a child can understand easily. Another added attraction to audio children’s Bible stories on CD or mp3 is that they also often include songs which are age-appropriate for children and fun to sing.

Podcasts of children’s Bible stories are also beginning to be available on line. What this means is that you can purchase a subscription to the online service, and then have access to a list of all the different podcast episodes available, so you can pick and choose the ones you would like to listen to. They also come in a regularly downloaded time schedule, so that you can add them to your mp3 player for your child to listen to when he or she is on the go. Mp3 digital audio files compress the entire New Testament into a single CD, so there are no bulky books to cart around or find storage space for. The digital audio quality is the highest available, and provides a rich and clear sound of the Bible stories being shared.

Audio bibles for Children were not available when Susan Slobac was growing up. Susan was given the audio Bible on CD as present upon the birth of her first child and has since made it a habit to foster an interest in the Bible through audio Bible study programs offered online. Her children enjoy the mp3 audio Bible, and still look forward to listening nightly to the audio Bible on CD.

New scientific high-technology recording devices are used to bring the Word of God to people who might not otherwise have any way of hearing God’s Word. The result of this scientific technology on the Word of God is the audio Bible. There are various formats in which you will find the audio Bible available, including the audio Bible on CD and audio Bible mp3 formats, as well as Internet distribution by podcast. This technology also brings another benefit: it is highly portable, requiring only a small digital sound system connected to a computer. This means that recording of the Bible can occur anywhere in the world. The result of this ease of mobility is that there can be recording centers where the audio Bible is recorded in hundreds of different indigenous languages. People worldwide, who might not have any other means for reading and understanding the Bible, can now be exposed to the power of God’s Word in an audio version, which they can hear.

Digital recording provides clear, crisp audio, and is a preferred method for capturing sound. The basics of how it works is that a speaker reads the Bible into a microphone, which produces an analog signal. Then this signal is sent from the microphone to an analog to digital converter. This component’s job is to convert the analog signal into a binary code. This code is then sent through a bundle of transmitters, usually wires connected to the computer in the form of cables, and eventually ends in storage on the computer, often on a hard drive or a CD burner.

The beauty of digital recording is that any mistakes can be taken out by simply removing the exact part of the code stored on the computer, which makes for much more precise editing and cleaner sound as a result. During the editing process, music and sound effects can also be added, and are, in order to produce a final audio Bible version that is dramatized, and more compelling to listen to. You can have speakers from anywhere in the world recording their part of the final version, then sending it via the Internet to the mixing center, where all of the parts are combined together and edited to result in the final version of the audio Bible. Speakers who come from oral cultures can relate to drama very well, and this is an important aspect of the recordings that make the audio Bible so influential.

Lasers are used in the recording and playback of CDs. The laser burns tiny holes onto the CD’s surface. This allows a CD or DVD player to distinguish between parts of the disc that allow reflected weak laser light to permeate through holes and parts of the CD surface that do not, resulting in a reading of the digital data and playback through a speaker so that you can hear it. These are some methods used for audio Bible production, to share God’s Word worldwide.

Susan Slobac has worked professionally with audio recording technologies focused on audio Bible translations. In particular, she has been involved with a number of groups in recording audio Bible podcasts and believes strongly in making the audio Bible online a tool for ministry work. Due to the ease use Susan recommends the audio Bible mp3 and the Bible on audio CD for a variety of uses including audio Bible study sharing Bible stories with children.