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ESV Bible Audio, now in available in a yummmy verse-at-a-time format

Today the great guys and gals at the ESV Bible are unveiling a big update to the audio New Testament at the ESV Online Edition.

What’s the big news? Well whereas you could only hear complete chapters at a time, now you can drill into and hear single verses at a time … or better yet, enhance your Bible studys and Sermons with the ability to have invividual verses read on command.

Imagine all the fun I’m going to have reviewing sites with John 11:28 and Proverbs 12:15 available in audio … can’t wait!

How is this possible? Well from what I understand, the crack technical staff there listened to the entire audio New Testament and marked by hand where each verse begins and ends. Expect a technical writeup in the near future.

Where can you hear this? All you need to do is click on the "Listen" link whenever you’re browsing a passage in the ESV New Testament. Want a sample? The Beatitudes are a good place to start.

Since the good folks at the Bible Gateway are providing the the bandwidth for the audio, so you’ll need a recent version of the free RealPlayer installed to access the files.

Hmmm … wonder if this feature mean that Verse-of-the-day podcasts are coming soon? What’s that little birdie … you say yets? They’re coming Friday, May 6. Thank’s (s)tweetie!

Hmmmmmm … wonder if this means I need to update Scripturizer to take advantage of this? … Probably.


  1. This is very cool, but I am loathe to install the Real player on my system as it is notorious for bullying all other media programs on the system. Any thoughts on this?

  2. http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/1054136293/1

    Use real-alternative instead of the bloated realone player.

  3. Not wishing to be difficult, but isn’t “Jesus wept” John 11:35? Or if you favour the Living Libel, “Tears came to Jesus’ eyes”

    Oh, and why doesn’t your comments interface like my gmail address? Or several other addresses I used? And how many 4-digit codes do I need to use?

  4. Wow, I was going to post about Real Alternative, and someone beat me to it! Here’s another link:


    While I’m at it, I would recommend providing church audio in multiple formats. Since your average Christian site doesn’t have an actual streaming media server, and is serving content over HTTP instead, providing audio in mp3 format makes it a lot more accessible to more people.

  5. REF: RealPlayer …. you have a choice to set RealPlayer or any of the media players to play on demand or default. Its your choice. The only bullying is notices to let you know they have program updates just as any other internet based program.

  6. This is very cool, but I am loathe to install the Real player on my system as it is notorious for bullying all other media programs on the system. Any thoughts on this?

    We agree, and we’re working to provide other options :-)

  7. Hey Dean,

    I’m hoping this really gets to you. I couldn’t find an e-mail address on HYCW (for good reason), so I apologize for potentially mis-using the comments function, but I think you and others will find this relevant and interesting…

    I’ve been working with the ESV web services stuff and stumbled across your quotes in the ChristianityToday article. I’d visited HYCW in the past, but hadn’t been here in awhile, so I’ve spent some time getting caught up.

    Given your comments in CT, I thought you might be interested in stuff I’ve got going on at Living Stones (http://www.lstones.com). The basic concept is to give away free software to make it easy for churches to add dynamic content to their sites without becoming programming geniuses. No strings attached. No ads. No form of revenue of any kind. Nothing. I’ve got a great paying job, so this is a hobby/ministry for me. (I’ve worked with lawyers to craft an open source license that only limits the use of the software to the glory of God, which isn’t very restrictive for those of us who desire to do everything to His glory… you can find that at http://www.lstones.com/Living-Stones-Software-License-Agreement.html – anyone should feel free to adapt it to their own uses…)

    Specifically, I thought you’d be interested to know that Living Stones is providing a web services interface to a bunch of public domain Bible translations (read about it at http://www.lstones.com/webservices.php).

    The first set of activities at Living Stones has been all about scripture. In addition to the web services interface, I’ve provided a software building block that can be dropped into a church website (e.g. http://www.ohpchurch.org see the form in the sidebar) to use the web services without learning REST/XML etc. I also have a rudimentary portal that provides casual access to the translations via the web services at http://www.seek-first.com

    My current set of activities are around sermons. I’m building a set of software building blocks that will drop into a church’s website and become a very focused content management system around sermons. The focus is on making it easy enough for pastors and church secretaries to use without becoming geeks. The geek coolness factor really kicks in when you understand that when a pastor or staff member uploads a sermon to their own website, that sermon will be added to a sermon database (via web services) at Living Stones and can be queried online at seek-first.com or via web services. The sermon and all of the associated files stay on the church’s website, so what get’s provided to others via Living Stones/Seek-First is the link back to the church. This will be searchable by sermon text (scripture passage), denomination, etc. Given the time I can spend on this, it’s still probably a month or so from completion…

    The security framework I’ve implemented for this is also at the core of software currently being used by one church to send out their regular e-mail newsletters, so in time I’ll get around to turning that into a set of software building blocks. It includes group management, so it’ll be natural to create calendars for youth groups, women’s ministries, etc. I think I’ve said enough to give you a sense for where this is heading…

    Anyway, I welcome your feedback!

    In His Service,

    Russ McGuire