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The Bible

Unabridged reading of the Old and New Testaments and the Apocrypha in the Luther translation 2017 by Rufus Beck (9 mp3 CDs)
The Audio Verlag (DAV), Berlin 2019
ISBN 9783742411822
CD, EUR 99.00


9 mp3 CDs with a running time of 98 hours and 15 minutes. Published by the German Bible Society. Rufus Beck has read in the complete Bible. The reading includes the Old and New Testaments as well as the so-called Apocrypha (late writings) in the revised Luther translation 2017. Another edition is available with 86 audio CDs at a retail price of 199 euros.

Review note on Neue Z├╝rcher Zeitung, March 28, 2020

Reviewer Bernd Noack listens to 98 hours of Luther Bible with Rufus Beck. Beck ensures that the reviewer endures this with a largely neutral interpretation and an understanding of the Bible as a mythological history book that infects the reviewer with his curiosity. Noack thinks he senses the curiosity when Beck reads Solomon's Song of Songs "as sensual as a poem". Noack also knows that the Bible also contains less noble and beautiful things. Beck's reading serves it to him with the palpable desire to take the listener's fear away.

Review note on Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, December 16, 2019

Only with this complete reading of the Bible by Rufus Beck can Wolfgang Schneider assess what an event Jesus Christ and his renunciation of violence were. In view of the masses of violence and vengeance and a "theology of threat" in the Holy Scriptures, which he only becomes really aware of through long-term listening, the reviewer becomes fearful. But he also gets into thinking about people's inclination towards the apocalyptic. Schneider finds Beck's interpretation successful, not too theatrical, sometimes pathetic, but with enough distance and restraint. Schneider listens spellbound to the story of Joseph and his brothers, feasts on the mild tone of Romans and feels moved by the Gospel of Mark.
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Review note on Deutschlandfunk Kultur, October 9, 2019

Tobias Wenzel reminds Rufus Beck's Bible reading that the Old and New Testaments were by no means written by God. It's human, says Wenzel, that means extremely violent. The fact that Beck reads about murder and cannibalism and makes a vengeful god makes the listening experience for Wenzel impressive, albeit potentially dangerous: you could easily fall away from faith, he warns. The attentive reviewer also discovers current references (keyword: climate change) and useful sayings (you shouldn't kill).