Bible Reader reading to people in Church in 1550 England. The King of England ordered a reader in each Church because most common people were illiterate
Alexander Scourby No 1 Bible Narrator. Quote from article: Scourby was meticulous in his research and preparation. While most narrators try to “act”, raising and lowering their voices Scourby simply changed the rhythm slightly. He was one of a kind with an X quality.
You Bible App Ranked No for 2018 by American Bible Society News
Today there are more Bible Apps Being used than Printed Bibles. Over the last four years 400 million were Download. The Scourby You Bible App was ranked No. 1.
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.”
— Amos 8:11
TAMPA, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, March 30, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — According to the American Bible Society news a recent study by Pew Research Center, the American public is becoming less religious and less likely to attend church than in decades past. However, the study also found Christians are increasingly turning to Bible App’s to access the Bible. The ease of having a Bible, on their person, was made possible via recent smartphone Technology. Millions now carry the Bible with them on their mobile phone. It’s with that reality that American Bible Society News wanted to take a look at how this new Technology is changing Christians Bible Study habits.
The Great English Bible was printed in London, England in 1539. According to Ian Mortimer of, “The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England”, he estimated literacy in 1539 England was only 15%. The King of England, realizing the problem, ordered Bible readers at every church to read to the illiterate. One might ask, why would the King order such a thing? We believe the King realized the Bible contains essential values that are fundamental to the establishment of a civil and peaceful society. Three of the Ten Commandments say, “Thou shalt not kill,” “Thou shalt not steal” and “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour”.
By his actions, the King of England, understood that instilling this kind of teaching into the ethos of the citizenry was constructive and essential for the establishment of a civil, peaceful and successful society.
Looking back to the time of Christ, the same illiteracy problem existed. The elites were literate and could read the scrolls, so Jesus took his Gospel message to the illiterate. Jesus’s spoke in simple parables about ways people were to relate to one another, like “this is my commandment that ye love one another.” In fact, Jesus’s messaging was so good, one the apostles told Jesus “you have the Words of Life.” Jesus didn’t write epistles; he just spoke his inspired “Words of Life” directly to the masses. In Mark 12”31, Jesus referred to the “thy neighbor” commandment saying, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself”, and described it as was one of the “greatest” commandments.
Fast forward to present day 2018 and it’s startling to discover that we have the same illiteracy problem in America today that 1500 century England had! A large portion of the US populace are cannot read or are functional illiterates. According to the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, approximately 42 million adults in the US can’t read, and 50% read at eighth-grade levels. However, 99.9% can hear and understand what they hear.
In searching the Scriptures, we found three profound verses that are keys to understanding the illiteracy problems of the past and present. One scripture is found in Amos 8:11, “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.”
Another found in Romans 10:17, “Faith cometh by Hearing and Hearing by the Word of God”,
Another in Revelations 1:3, “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”,
The above three verses clearly stress the importance in the “reading and hearing” of the word”, The one verse seems to indicate that both the “reader and hearer” are blessed. Today Christians don’t have to go to a church to have the Bible “Read” to them. They only have to reach in their pocket, or purse, get their mobile device, tap a couple of times, and presto, the Bible is being read to them! The Pope recognized the importance of a Bible App when he recently said in St. Peter’s square, “What if people carried a Bible and depended on it, like they carry and depend on their cellphones?
Today, the Bible is an App! In a recent study in 2018, American Bible Society News found that 65% of people were accessing the Bible using a Bible App. However, there are hundreds of Bible Apps on the Market and they are becoming more and more relevant and important in our society. Because of that, American Bible Society News wanted to know which Bible App is the best? So we downloaded and evaluated the top 20 Bible Apps in the marketplace.
Since there are clear scriptures that puts an emphasis on the “reading and hearing” of the word, we wanted to first determine who was the Best narrator. After spending a considerable amount of time looking and “hearing”, we ranked the Scourby Bible App as having the Number 1 narrator in Alexander Scourby. His reading of the King James Bible is by far the best. The Chicago Tribune was right in 1990 when they said, “Alexander Scourby has the greatest voice ever recorded and is the best audio book narrator bar none”. We concur 100% with that conclusion in 2018.
Maybe one day another reader will excel the Scourby reading, but in 2018 Alexander Scourby is still Number 1. Another excellent feature that makes the You Bible App Number 1, is that users can assemble their favorite Bible verses and put them into a custom Playlist. The App will then play those verses back with text and audio synced together. We found no other Bible app could do that. The Scourby Bible App has many other functional features, but just for the above compelling features, it gets our Number 1 rating.
Also, in researching the scourby URL domain we learned an interesting fact that surprised us. Scourby.com was created in 1997, it’s far older than all other Bible App domains. In fact, Scourby.com is even older than Google.com. That surprised us as well and speaks volumes!
Users can go to scourby.com for more information on this No 1 Bible App and hear more readings from the Bible.
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