Anyone can FREELY access, listen to and download Davar audio Bibles through our Audio Library and free Audibible® App.
The Audibible® App is available for free download on all major mobile platforms:
Audio Bibles are available for listening and downloading through various platforms. For more information about how to access audio, please see the previous FAQ: "Where can I access audio Bibles?"
Once downloaded, ministries may distribute audio in a variety of ways.
We make three simple requests:
- Please do not change the audio content in any way.
- Please do not sell the audio content for any commercial purpose.
- Please report to us the distribution method and impact of the audio Bible.
Freely we have received, and freely we give.
Each audio Bible production requires an in-depth process to ensure highest levels of accuracy and quality. We take the Word of God very seriously, and we do not compromise in our efforts to handle it rightly. From start to finish, Davar works with text owners, Bible societies, translation entities, local ministries, and distribution efforts in order to complete an accurate and high-quality version of the Bible. Once completed, an audio Bible has the potential to impact millions of people. While audio production is vastly more expensive when compared to the price of one text Bible, a single audio production can reach millions of people through a variety of platforms. The cost per audio Bible is then significantly less expensive than the cost of one printed Bible.
Cost of production varies greatly based on many factors: location of production, studio expenses, travel costs for indigenous narrators, and several other variables. For more detailed information regarding a certain project, please contact us directly.
To better estimate costs and budget appropriately, we have identified an average breakdown in cost of production:
- It costs roughly $2.60 to record one verse of Scripture.
- One chapter costs around $67 to record. Depending on translations, there are about 1189 chapters in a Full Bible.
It is more cost effective to record the Full Bible in its entirety. And, just as it is more economical to purchase items in bulk, cost per production goes down as our production numbers increase.
Our estimated and ideal timeframe to complete a Full Bible recording is about 18 months. This timeline can change based on two major variables within our process:
- Text Permissions - Working with various text owners can be a bit unpredictable. There are times when we receive permission right away to begin recording, and there are times where it can take months to locate and hear from a text owner. We usually predict 2-4 months to secure permissions, but it often takes longer.
- Funding - In order to begin the recording phase, we must have the project partially funded as studio and narration costs accrue quickly in the active production phase. We also must be prepared to cover related costs for indigenous narrators to travel and stay near studio locations. Limited funding can delay the start of the project. To find out more about projects on hold due to funding, please contact us.
We see God's favor and provision when we receive permissions and funding right on time. We trust Him to lead us forward and continue establishing our steps to make the Bible available in audio to people of every tongue.
This is a question many have asked over the years. Why not stick to the New Testament? What about Bible story sets? Do people really need the Old Testament too?
In 1 Peter, the Apostle Peter quotes Isaiah 40:8, “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” Jesus Himself proclaims in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away." The Word of God, the Word that was from the beginning, will never wither, fade, or pass away. The Psalmist tells us that the Word of God is more to be desired than gold, yes more than much fine gold. The value of the Word of God in its entirety is a treasure we want to offer to all people in every language. It is our highest priority.
We share the passion to eliminate Bible poverty with many other like-minded ministry partners. One partner focuses on recording New Testaments in audio, while other partners are passionate to make the stories of Scripture available in every language. As the Lord has defined their roles in the Kingdom, He has defined Davar to be passionate about Full Bible recording. We believe the Full Bible, the full counsel of God, is a worthy investment for every people group around the world. We are committed to record the Bible in its entirety in as many languages as the Lord would allow, and we humbly ask you to join us in this sacred effort.
To the traditional western mindset, the oral paradigm is truly a foreign concept. To put it simply, oral people prefer to communicate, learn, and instruct through speaking and listening rather than reading and writing.
At Davar Partners, we are part of a larger community of ministries aiming to serve oral people worldwide. Much of our information, research, statistics, and understanding of orality comes from a wider, ongoing conversation centered around the oral paradigm. As a member of the International Orality Network, we find a wealth of research, practical applications, and resources to effectively understand and minister to oral people. We strive to keep our research, information, statistics, and knowledge-base current and ever-increasing. Our goal is to understand, serve, and advocate for oral people groups.
For more information and a comprehensive overview of orality, orality as it relates to literacy, and its implications for global missions, please refer to this valuable article from the International Mission Board.
At Davar, we have an evolving "productions pipeline." As we work with partners, build new relationships, and interact in the diverse world of global missions, we hear consistent outcry for audio Bibles. In fact, out of nearly 7,100 languages spoken, less than 70 of these languages have a Full Bibles in audio. Davar is working diligently and partnering with like-minded ministries to close this staggering gap.
In 2018 alone, we have more than 30 new production agreements lined up, with increasingly growing opportunities for 2019 and 2020. To see a comprehensive list of upcoming projects or to request a specific language recording, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org). Often times, our first point of contact in initiating a new language production has come from one individual making a request. We rely on our partners!
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All of our audio is available for FREE and WIDE distribution through various platforms, distribution methods, devices, and broadcasts. We are thrilled to share our audio with you free of charge.
Because we are in contractual agreements with text owners and copyright holders of Bible translations, we request the following:
- Davar Partners International audio Bibles may not be altered or changed in any way.
- Davar Partners International audio Bibles may not be sold or distributed for commercial purposes or financial gain.
- Davar Partners International audio Bibles may not be changed to create a derivative product.
Freely we have received, freely we give. Our most earnest prayer is for the Word of God to go forth in power and truth, bringing salvation to all who hear it.