Monday, May 1, 2017

Listen to the Entire Bible Being Read

You will see the other Bible chapters linked on the right side index on Youtube


Anonymous said...

Wow, great find! I didn't realize Scourby's narration was on YouTube in full, and since 2014 (& another YouTube since 2012)! Alexander Scourby (1913-1985) is my favorite Bible narrator. Previously his heirs, &/or whoever owned the rights to his narration, were strict about it being "out there for free." I had given up ever finding it online. I liked Max McLean second, another Shakespearean-voice narrator, but last I checked some years ago, he never had a KJV version. Stephen Johnson's NKJV would be fine but he reads too fast for my brain.

Going back some years, I had the "visual" Scourby DVD narration (with text on TV screen) & let it play 24/7/365, from Genesis to Revelation & back around again & again, until the DVD player (built into the analog TV) finally broke. The DVD player lasted three years & eight months running full time non-stop around-the-clock. :)

I had a "speaker pillow" to have it directed straight to the bed at night, lol, & loved going to sleep & waking up to Scourby still reading. The only place he "gets loud" is in Jeremiah somewhere. I remember that. :)

Scourby was the very first person to ever publish a Bible narration back around the 1950s. I don't even think he claimed to be a Christian, but just your regular Shakespearean actor.

He also narrated the 1979 "Jesus" movie (based on the book of Luke), the 1954 "Silver Chalice" movie, a Christmas movie, & several other secular movies. He also narrated over 400 books for the Blind. He said all his prior endeavors, acting in plays/theaters, etc., amounted to nothing, but that his greatest achievement were the narrated books for the Blind & the Bible.


Anonymous said...


From Wiki re the Scourby KJV narration & the copyright "wars": < (page last updated 4/8/17).
King James Bible

Scourby was the first person to record the King James Bible issued on long-play records in the 1950s. He originally narrated the Old and New Testament for the American Foundation for the Blind. The project required more than four years before it was completed in 1953. The original goal was to produce a clean, clear recording for visually impaired listeners. The American Bible Society distributed the recordings as The Talking Bible, a set of 169 LP records with a running time of 84.5 hours.

With the advent of cassette tape technology in the 1970s, a number of companies began selling copies of the 1950 Scourby recordings without permission, assuming that they were in public domain. In the 1980s, a Florida company, Neva Products, sought to sell these recordings via TV direct-response advertisements. Prior to doing this however, Neva commissioned a law firm to research whether or not the recordings were in the public domain. The legal opinion came back that they were not in the public domain and that certain rights were associated with the recordings that could be protected. Based upon this legal opinion, Neva Products contacted Scourby and negotiated a non-exclusive license agreement and agreed to pay him a royalty on all sales. The television promotion went very well. However, some companies continued marketing the recordings without authorization, even though they were contacted by Neva informing them that the recordings were still under copyright and to cease and desist.

Neva Products then negotiated another exclusive license agreement with Scourby in 1984, wherein Neva commenced lawsuits against numerous companies to stop them from selling the recordings without proper authorization. Neva was successful in this effort. One of the biggest organizations to be sued was The Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) from Colorado Springs, Colorado. They were sued because they permitted companies to illegally sell the Scourby recordings at the annual CBA convention, even after having been notified that those companies were not authorized to do so. Neva prevailed in that lawsuit. CBA was required to pay substantial financial damages for the violation.

Scourby produced another recording of the King James Bible for The Episcopal Radio and TV Foundation (ERTF) in 1972 on the condition that they would only be used in the Episcopal Community and only for non-profit purposes. When this recording began to be commercially exploited out in the general market as Scourby's latest narration, in 1986, Neva, with Scourby's estate, jointly sued Episcopal Radio and TV Foundation and Christian Duplication Inc. (CDI). CDI improperly purchased the recordings for commercial exploitation and refused to stop selling them after being notified by both Neva and the Estate of Alexander Scourby. At a 1989 Federal Jury Trial, the jury found both ERTF and CDI had breached their contract with Alexander Scourby. The jury awarded substantial damages to Neva Products and the Estate of Alexander Scourby and also awarded the rights to the 1970s recordings to Neva Products and the Estate of Alexander Scourby. The verdict forced ERTF, which was not officially part of the Episcopal Church, into bankruptcy.

It took Neva Products approximately 5 years to stop all of the unauthorized selling of the Scourby recordings, but finally in 1990 they were successful. In 1990, Neva transferred their rights in the recordings to Litchfield Associates, and in 1991, Litchfield bought all rights, titles, and interests, including the copyrights from the estate of Alexander Scourby. The copyrights have a date of 1991. Litchfield continues to this day to market the Scourby recordings worldwide through various license agreements and online. Scourby's recordings of the Holy Bible are still among the most popular religious recordings available today.

Anonymous said...

Here's another link for the Scourby KJV by "The KJV Store," in case the other one ever disappears:

A bit of "trivia," in the comments there someone asked,

"Was he reading from a Cambridge or Oxford setting of the KJV?"

The KJV Store replied: "We believe it is the Cambridge Text."

Anonymous said...

FYI, more info re Scourby personally:

"Alexander Scourby and Lori von Eltz were married on May 12, 1943. Mrs. Scourby, the daughter of the late motion-picture actor Theodor von Eltz, was an actress known to television, Broadway and motion-picture audiences as Lori March. The Scourby's had a daughter, Alexandra, born on March 27, 1944.

"Scourby was five feet ten and one half inches tall and weighed about 167 pounds. His hair was grayish black and his eyes were bluish green.

"Scourby had no political affiliation and no religious affiliations; although he was baptized in the Greek Orthodox Church and married in the Episcopal (the wedding ceremony was repeated in the Orthodox rite to please his family).

"Alexander Scourby died of a heart attack on February 22, 1985 in Newtown, Connecticut at the age of 71."

Bible Believer said...

Thanks for that information. It's interesting stuff, too bad he did not become a Christian as far as we know. I did not know the recordings were that old and am glad they have been preserved.

Anonymous said...

You're welcome!

I was mistaken re that second youtube link I included further above by "The KJV Store." It is not the full Scourby-narrated KJV online at their youtube channel but is only a 5-minute clip, I guess as an "advertisement" for their full-Scourby Bible products. As far as I could find, it looks like the youtube link you found & posted (channel name is "Daniel Jacob") is the only one at youtube that has ALL of the Scourby-narrated books of the KJV-Bible.

The address has Scourby-narrated KJV products for the "computer age," ie, iphone & android apps (no cell service needed to use the app), video or MP3-audio-only downloads for Macs & PCs, etc. (obviously, no internet needed to play those on computers).

Ever since the TV-DVD-player croaked, I've tried to figure out a better way. Messing with CDs on a stereo is a pain. So I'm thinking to get an old used (cheap) iphone or ipod & load it up solely with the Scourby narration (either via their app, which must have at least iOS.7), or get their MP3 download-for-Mac & transfer it to an old cheapo ipod. MP3 audio files will play on any old gadget, no matter what iOS version it has.

Yes, a real shame if Scourby never did fully commit to his "baptismal" faith (ie, never got saved but only baptized, probably as a baby). But I'm glad the Lord used him anyway to make the KJV narrations.


Max McLean has a much deeper voice, reads slower, & almost accentuates too much, so I prefer Scourby first, McLean second. I rechecked McLean's site, & he does have a KJV-narrated version, but it is on CDs only, 69 of them! > > They also post at that link a daily Bible narration, 1-2 verse "devotionals," & a chapter a day from Proverbs, & "Bible in a Year" readings (but from the NIV). I can't find an "official" youtube channel for Max McLean though others have posted various Bible books of his narrations, some from KJV & other versions.

McLean also offers a free download of the Book of John, but it doesn't say which translation: On that page is also his testimony:

"Max McLean came to know Christ after reading John’s Gospel. He writes: 'The event that brought me over the line to fully accept the reality of Jesus came when I read all of John’s Gospel in one sitting. I thought Jesus was going to come right out of the pages of the Bible and take me with him. When I got to the cross I was in tears. I saw the sacrificial love, and I responded to Jesus, immediately.'"

So, thankfully, at least he got saved.

Anonymous said...

Wow. It's seems weird to me that someone with no religious affiliation would take the time recording the whole bible. I guess he had a pre conceived demographic to market his recordings to. He read the bible for 5 years and was never saved, talk about "ever learning but never able to come to the truth". How could anyone read the KJV bible for 5 years then become orthodox later in life? The KJV destroys everyone of their doctrines. I listen to an app called "you version". I only recommend the authorized version. I always find myself listening to Psalms while I'm falling asleep lol......James

Anonymous said...

Johns gospel is amazing as is all of the Lords precepts. I just hope Max McLean believed what he was reading instead of trusting in emotions as a sign of salvation. Thanks for the info Anon at 1:02 PM. God bless.......James