A History Of The Bible By John Barton

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01Ancient Book, Modern World2020122820201229 (R4)Professor John Barton’s fascinating A History of the Bible investigates the origins, development and contemporary meaning of this greatest of unread bestsellers. From a disparate collection of writings that first emerged deep in the distant past Barton charts the gradual emergence of both the Old and the New Testaments and their evolution into what have become the two revered volumes of authoritative Scripture that we know today. In a series of lively and engaging essays Barton shows how meaning has both been drawn from the Bible and been imposed up on it and explores how differently Judaism and Christianity approach and interpret the books of both the Old and New Testaments.

In the first episode, Barton asks how relevant is this most ancient of tomes still is to today’s world.

Read by Hugh Bonneville
Adapted for radio by John Barton and Richard Hamilton
Produced by Karen Holden

Hugh Bonneville reads John Barton's story of the Bible and the faiths that hold it sacred.

Hugh Bonneville tells the story of the Bible and of the two faiths that hold it sacred.

Professor John Barton’s fascinating A History of the Bible investigates the origins, development and contemporary meaning of this greatest of unread bestsellers. From a disparate collection of writings that first emerged deep in the distant past Barton charts the gradual emergence of both the Old and the New Testaments and their evolution into what have become the two revered volumes of authoritative Scripture that we know today. In a series of lively and engaging essays Barton shows how meaning has both been drawn from the Bible and been imposed up on it and explores how differently Judaism and Christianity approach and interpret the books of both the Old and New Testaments.

Read by Hugh Bonneville
Adapted for radio by John Barton and Richard Hamilton
Produced by Karen Holden

Hugh Bonneville reads John Barton's story of the Bible and the faiths that hold it sacred.

Hugh Bonneville tells the story of the Bible and of the two faiths that hold it sacred.

Hugh Bonneville tells the story of the Bible and of the two faiths that hold it sacred.

Professor John Barton’s fascinating A History of the Bible investigates the origins, development and contemporary meaning of this greatest of unread bestsellers. From a disparate collection of writings that first emerged deep in the distant past Barton charts the gradual emergence of both the Old and the New Testaments and their evolution into what have become the two revered volumes of authoritative Scripture that we know today. In a series of lively and engaging essays Barton shows how meaning has both been drawn from the Bible and been imposed up on it and explores how differently Judaism and Christianity approach and interpret the books of both the Old and New Testaments.

In the first episode, Barton asks how relevant is this most ancient of tomes still is to today’s world.

Read by Hugh Bonneville
Adapted for radio by John Barton and Richard Hamilton
Produced by Karen Holden

Hugh Bonneville reads John Barton's story of the Bible and the faiths that hold it sacred.

Hugh Bonneville tells the story of the Bible and of the two faiths that hold it sacred.

Professor John Barton’s fascinating A History of the Bible investigates the origins, development and contemporary meaning of this greatest of unread bestsellers. From a disparate collection of writings that first emerged deep in the distant past Barton charts the gradual emergence of both the Old and the New Testaments and their evolution into what have become the two revered volumes of authoritative Scripture that we know today. In a series of lively and engaging essays Barton shows how meaning has both been drawn from the Bible and been imposed up on it and explores how differently Judaism and Christianity approach and interpret the books of both the Old and New Testaments.

In the first episode, Barton asks how relevant is this most ancient of tomes still is to today’s world.

Read by Hugh Bonneville
Adapted for radio by John Barton and Richard Hamilton
Produced by Karen Holden

Hugh Bonneville reads John Barton's story of the Bible and the faiths that hold it sacred.

Hugh Bonneville tells the story of the Bible and of the two faiths that hold it sacred.

02The Gospel Truth?2020122920201230 (R4)John Barton’s fascinating A History of the Bible investigates the origins, development and contemporary meaning of this greatest of unread bestsellers. From a disparate collection of writings that first emerged deep in the distant past Barton charts the gradual emergence of both the Old and the New Testaments and their evolution into what have become the two revered volumes of authoritative Scripture that we know today. In a series of lively and engaging essays Barton shows how meaning has both been drawn from the Bible and been imposed upon it and explores how differently Judaism and Christianity approach and interpret the books of both the Old and New Testaments.

Today Barton turns his attention to the New Testament and asks how the four great Gospels came into being. Written on Codexes and rather than scrolls, this begs the question just how ‘Holy’ is the New Testament?

Read by Hugh Bonneville
Adapted for radio by John Barton and Richard Hamilton
Produced by Karen Holden

John Barton's challenging and engaging A History of the Bible is read by Hugh Bonneville.

Hugh Bonneville tells the story of the Bible and of the two faiths that hold it sacred.

John Barton’s fascinating A History of the Bible investigates the origins, development and contemporary meaning of this greatest of unread bestsellers. From a disparate collection of writings that first emerged deep in the distant past Barton charts the gradual emergence of both the Old and the New Testaments and their evolution into what have become the two revered volumes of authoritative Scripture that we know today. In a series of lively and engaging essays Barton shows how meaning has both been drawn from the Bible and been imposed upon it and explores how differently Judaism and Christianity approach and interpret the books of both the Old and New Testaments.

Read by Hugh Bonneville
Adapted for radio by John Barton and Richard Hamilton
Produced by Karen Holden

John Barton's challenging and engaging A History of the Bible is read by Hugh Bonneville.

Hugh Bonneville tells the story of the Bible and of the two faiths that hold it sacred.

John Barton's challenging and engaging A History of the Bible is read by Hugh Bonneville.

John Barton’s fascinating A History of the Bible investigates the origins, development and contemporary meaning of this greatest of unread bestsellers. From a disparate collection of writings that first emerged deep in the distant past Barton charts the gradual emergence of both the Old and the New Testaments and their evolution into what have become the two revered volumes of authoritative Scripture that we know today. In a series of lively and engaging essays Barton shows how meaning has both been drawn from the Bible and been imposed upon it and explores how differently Judaism and Christianity approach and interpret the books of both the Old and New Testaments.

Today Barton turns his attention to the New Testament and asks how the four great Gospels came into being. Written on Codexes and rather than scrolls, this begs the question just how ‘Holy’ is the New Testament?

Read by Hugh Bonneville
Adapted for radio by John Barton and Richard Hamilton
Produced by Karen Holden

John Barton's challenging and engaging A History of the Bible is read by Hugh Bonneville.

Hugh Bonneville tells the story of the Bible and of the two faiths that hold it sacred.

John Barton’s fascinating A History of the Bible investigates the origins, development and contemporary meaning of this greatest of unread bestsellers. From a disparate collection of writings that first emerged deep in the distant past Barton charts the gradual emergence of both the Old and the New Testaments and their evolution into what have become the two revered volumes of authoritative Scripture that we know today. In a series of lively and engaging essays Barton shows how meaning has both been drawn from the Bible and been imposed upon it and explores how differently Judaism and Christianity approach and interpret the books of both the Old and New Testaments.

Today Barton turns his attention to the New Testament and asks how the four great Gospels came into being. Written on Codexes and rather than scrolls, this begs the question just how ‘Holy’ is the New Testament?

Read by Hugh Bonneville
Adapted for radio by John Barton and Richard Hamilton
Produced by Karen Holden

John Barton's challenging and engaging A History of the Bible is read by Hugh Bonneville.

Hugh Bonneville tells the story of the Bible and of the two faiths that hold it sacred.

03In The Beginning....2020123020201231 (R4)John Barton’s fascinating A History of the Bible investigates the origins, development and contemporary meaning of this greatest of unread bestsellers. From a disparate collection of writings that first emerged deep in the distant past Barton charts the gradual emergence of both the Old and the New Testaments and their evolution into what have become the two revered volumes of authoritative Scripture that we know today. In a series of lively and engaging essays Barton shows how meaning has both been drawn from the Bible and been imposed up on it and explores how differently Judaism and Christianity approach and interpret the books of both the Old and New Testaments.

In the third episode A History of the Bible examines the genesis of the Old Testament, asking if we should call it rather ‘the Hebrew Bible’, and exploring the many languages it was written in and subsequently been translated into.

Read by Hugh Bonneville
Adapted for radio by John Barton and Richard Hamilton
Produced by Karen Holden

Hugh Bonneville reads John Barton's story of the Bible and the faiths that hold it sacred.

Hugh Bonneville tells the story of the Bible and of the two faiths that hold it sacred.

04Who's In And Who's Out?2020123120210101 (R4)John Barton’s fascinating A History of the Bible investigates the origins, development and contemporary meaning of this greatest of unread bestsellers. From a disparate collection of writings that first emerged deep in the distant past Barton charts the gradual emergence of both the Old and the New Testaments and their evolution into what have become the two revered volumes of authoritative Scripture that we know today. In a series of lively and engaging essays Barton shows how meaning has both been drawn from the Bible and been imposed up on it and explores how differently Judaism and Christianity approach and interpret the books of both the Old and New Testaments.

Today Barton considers the Apocrypha and asks did Dan Brown have a point in The Da Vinci Code? Is there any truth in the conspiracy theories that abound about which Books made it into the Bible and which Books were excluded?

Read by Hugh Bonneville
Adapted for radio by John Barton and Richard Hamilton
Produced by Karen Holden

John Barton's challenging and engaging A History of the Bible is read by Hugh Bonneville.

Hugh Bonneville tells the story of the Bible and of the two faiths that hold it sacred.

John Barton’s fascinating A History of the Bible investigates the origins, development and contemporary meaning of this greatest of unread bestsellers. From a disparate collection of writings that first emerged deep in the distant past Barton charts the gradual emergence of both the Old and the New Testaments and their evolution into what have become the two revered volumes of authoritative Scripture that we know today. In a series of lively and engaging essays Barton shows how meaning has both been drawn from the Bible and been imposed up on it and explores how differently Judaism and Christianity approach and interpret the books of both the Old and New Testaments.

Today Barton considers the Apocrypha and asks did Dan Brown have a point in The Da Vinci Code? Is there any truth in the conspiracy theories that abound about which Books made it into the Bible and which Books were excluded?

Read by Hugh Bonneville
Adapted for radio by John Barton and Richard Hamilton
Produced by Karen Holden

John Barton's challenging and engaging A History of the Bible is read by Hugh Bonneville.

Hugh Bonneville tells the story of the Bible and of the two faiths that hold it sacred.

Hugh Bonneville tells the story of the Bible and of the two faiths that hold it sacred.

05Nine Lessons And Carols2021010120210102 (R4)John Barton’s fascinating A History of the Bible investigates the origins, development and contemporary meaning of this greatest of unread bestsellers. From a disparate collection of writings that first emerged deep in the distant past Barton charts the gradual emergence of both the Old and the New Testaments and their evolution into what have become the two revered volumes of authoritative Scripture that we know today. In a series of lively and engaging essays Barton shows how meaning has both been drawn from the Bible and been imposed up on it and explores how differently Judaism and Christianity approach and interpret the books of both the Old and the New Testaments.

In this final episode A History of the Bible Barton takes the famous Nine Lessons and Carols Service as a starting point to explore the markedly different Christian and Jewish readings of the Scriptures, underscoring how the Bible offers a never-ending source of fascinating and fruitful investigation.

Read by Hugh Bonneville
Adapted for radio by John Barton and Richard Hamilton
Produced by Karen Holden

Hugh Bonneville reads John Barton's story of the Bible and the faiths that hold it sacred.

Hugh Bonneville tells the story of the Bible and of the two faiths that hold it sacred.