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OTG: New Testament Phone App Available, Text & Audio, RSV-CE

By Dr. Jeff Mirus (bio - articles - email) | Dec 10, 2013

If you’d like an app for your phone or other handheld device which will give you the complete text of the New Testament in the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSV-CE) along with an audio soundtrack read by actors, you can learn how to download it free at www.downloadjesus.com. The app is a spinoff of the Truth & Life Dramatized Catholic Audio New Testament, which itself is available on CD and is regularly broadcast on EWTN radio and Relevant Radio. For more information on both the CD sets and the apps, see www.truthandlifeaudiobible.com.

The app enables you to read the New Testament and listen to the four gospels while also serving as a concordance in which you can search for all verses that contain specified text. The audio for the Gospel of Mark is included free, and you can purchase the audio for the rest of the New Testament if you wish to emphasize listening. Access to notes and commentary is also available at an additional charge.

This audio Bible was produced by Michael Stark (who called to bring it to my attention), Carl Amari and EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo. It has an Imprimatur from the Vatican and an introduction by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and has been endorsed by many Catholic leaders, including Cardinal Raymond Burke, Archbishop Charles Chaput, Cardinal Francis George, Fr. Robert Barron, Dr. Scott Hahn, and Jeff Cavins.

I’m not a big phone app guy, but I downloaded the Truth & Life RSV-CE app from Google Play onto my Android phone and can testify that it works as advertised. It also comes with a built-in playlist to enable you to listen to the four gospels in forty days, which is being recommended as a Lenten program by the producers. If you download all the additional audio, the complete playing time is 22 hours. Some 75 actors collaborated to do the dramatic readings of the New Testament text.

The app supports iPhone/iPad, Android, Nook, Kindle Fire, or PC.

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