Ever since God handed down the 10 Commandments to Moses, believers and followers of Christ have shared the teachings that are now immortalized in the Old Testament and New Testament. Throughout the last 3400 years, the story of how the Bible has been brought from culture after culture has been a very interesting one. It’s one that has been shaped by powerful Kings and Queens, Popes and bishops, war and peace – and especially the onslaught of many new technologies, including the printing press.
Before 400 AD, the Bible was only written in Hebrew, Greek and Latin. Although by 500 AD it had been translated into over 500 languages, the only official language used by the Church was Latin. This made learning the Bible quite difficult for people who did not understand Latin or have the means to learn it. In 995 AD, the first Anglo-Saxon translation was produced of the New Testament, but it took until 1455 AD before the whole book was mass-produced on a printing press, and another 80 years before the first complete Bible was printed in English.
Almost 500 years later, the Bible is still going through many different transformations. there are now recorded Audio Bibles available and it is even possible to download the entire NIV online Bible. Although it is the most translated book in the world, there are still people who do not have the means or opportunity to read it.The Audio Bible provides a solution to this. Most of the people are those that live in 2nd and 3rd world countries in Africa and South America. To help make sure those cultures can experience the Word of Christ, many non-profit Christian organizations have been distributing the New International Version (NIV) audio Bible to these villages and donating players that they can use for listening parties. Some of these audio Bibles come in CD format, while others are audio Bible downloads that can be found online and played by MP3 players or iPods.
The new NIV online Bibles and Bibles on CD are also becoming very popular in countries that are more technologically advanced. This is happening because Bibles on CD are convenient to listen to on your daily commute, on airplane rides, while you are winding down for the night or taking your morning run. Online audio Bibles are also a great way to share life-long lessons with small children who cannot read the Bible yet. Some Christian websites even offer NIV online Bible downloads such as Podcasts that can be played on your iPod or MP3 player. These can contain psalms or inspiring scripture readings, and you can sign up to receive a new one every day on your iPod.
Whether you are looking for an NIV Bible online or a Bible CD, there are many available to enhance and inspire your daily life.