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By Randy Sly
2/25/2011 (7 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Popularity Soars for the first Catholic audio Bible

The cast for the Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible New Testament (RSV-CE) is a veritable Who's Who of renowned talent, performing in a radio drama style. 70 actors from three continents participated in the project which received an endorsement from the Vatican. Using a dramatized approach to the reading of Scripture, listeners engage the New Testament with an entirely different approach to the text. Scripture comes alive.

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By Randy Sly
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
2/25/2011 (7 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Truth & Life Audio Bible, RSV-CE, audio Bibles, Michael York, Sean Astin, Stacy Keach


WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - Last November the Revised Standard Version - Catholic Edition (RSV-CE) came to life with the introduction of the Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible, a 22 hour, 18 CD series that brought the Scriptures to life in a bold and energetic way. In the first two months, the audio Bible sold more than 50,000 sets, a rare accomplishment in an area of publishing where a best-selling audio Bible would sell 10,000 copies in a year.

With an the endorsement from the Vatican, an imprimatur from the Archbishop of New York and a forward from Pope Benedict XVI, Catholics finally had an audio Bible they could call their own. And reports coming back indicate that the series was not only purchased but is really being put to use.

Bible study leaders in parishes have heralded it as a great help in bringing the Scriptures alive in their group. Parents are using it to pass on the Word of God to their children as they listen together. Commuters are sharing their ride to work with St. Matthew, St. Luke or St. Paul. For the projects producers, they see these stories as indicators that their vision for the Truth & Life audio Bible is being fulfilled.

The Truth and Life Dramatized Audio Bible was produced by legendary award-winning radio show and film producer Carl Amari, who is also president and CEO of Falcon Picture Group, along with New York Times bestselling author, broadcast journalist and producer Raymond Arroyo. Directed by Brenda Noel, it is distributed by Zondervan.

The production of this series was an enormous undertaking. Using 10 sound studios, 20 audio engineers, 70 world-renowned actors spanning three continents, an original score and sound effects, it took more than 100 media development specialists over 10,000 production hours to finish the project.

Using a dramatized approach to the reading of Scripture, listeners engage the New Testament with an entirely different approach to the text. Their imaginations are kindled as they connect to dialogue between characters that carries tone and variations of intensity, narrations made more personal, and music with sound effects to carry the content along. Scripture comes alive.

Amari is no stranger to audio Bibles, having produced the Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible, based on the New King James Version of the Bible, which offers 98 hours of listening on 79 CD's. Word of Promise features narration by Michael York and the talents of over 600 actors.

The Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible is not just a Bible-on-disk with a single narrator. It is the New Testament presented as in dramatic form with action, intrigue, and a personal dimension.

"They're not just reading," explains Arroyo, "these actors are performing, sharing these stories in the same way they were originally communicated-passed from person to person as part of an oral tradition. The stories come alive, propelling us right into history, the way it might have happened."

The cast selected for the audio Bible is a veritable Who's Who of renowned talent, performing in a radio drama style. Some you will hear include Neal McDonough as "Jesus," Julia Ormond as "Mary, Mother of God," Blair Underwood as "Mark," Stacy Keach as "John," Michael York as "Luke," Brian Cox as "The Voice of God," Sean Astin as "Matthew," Kristen Bell as "Mary Magdalene," Malcolm McDowell as "Caiaphas," and John Rhys-Davies as the Narrator.

For a preview of their contribution to the series, you can visit www.truthandlifebible.com to watch a behind-the-scenes video of the celebrities performing their roles and to hear Luke Chapter 1 (Mary visited by an angel), Matthew Chapter 3 (Jesus is baptized) and Mark Chapter 5 (Jesus raises a little girl from the dead).

To preview or purchase this "Truth and Life Dramatized Audio Bible", click here.

The New Testament in recorded form and dramatized Bible readings have both been with us for nearly half a century, but never before has a project, which involved so many media specialists and well-known actors, received such the endorsement of the Roman Catholic Church.

In his forward, Pope Benedict invites the listener to an encounter with Jesus. "We must always look for the Word within the words. Therefore, exegesis, the true reading of Holy Scripture, is not only a literary phenomenon, not only reading a text. It is a movement of my existence.

"Only by conforming ourselves to the Mystery of God, to the Lord who is the Word," the Holy Father writes, "can we enter within the Word, can we truly find the Word of God in human words. Let us pray to the Lord that he may help us search the word, not only with our intellect but also with our entire existence."

Launched on November 1, 2010, the Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible New Testament is available in stores and online.

To preview or purchase this "Truth and Life Dramatized Audio Bible", click here.

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Randy Sly is the Associate Editor of Catholic Online and the CEO/Associate Publisher for the Northern Virginia Local Edition of Catholic Online (http://virginia.catholic.org). He is a former Archbishop of the Charismatic Episcopal Church who laid aside that ministry to enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church.

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