Frequently Asked Questions
Bible Translation and Recording
Why is the Bible copied into different languages?
In Acts 2, we read that Jesus Christ's followers were meeting together in a house. Suddenly, they were filled by God's Holy Spirit. They began to preach in many different languages, so that everyone in the city could hear the Good News in their own language. Ever since that day, Christians have been copying God's Words into the languages that people speak all around the world. The books of the Bible were first written in the Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic languages, but now those books have been translated into over 2,800 languages. Copying the Bible into new languages is simply a part of preaching the Gospel to all creation.
How do you choose what Bibles to record?
We work with other Christians to find groups of people with a certain problem: the Bible has been copied into their language, but they cannot read it.
There are many reasons why a community might not be able to read. This might be because their people have traditionally been oral learners. Or it might be because they have been prevented from learning to read because of war, natural disaster, migration, or disease. Many times, Christians in these communities own a Bible in their language. They keep it because they know the power of God's Word, and they hope to hear Him speak to them one day.
Where do you get the Bibles you record?
The translations we record were made by translators working alone or with organizations like Wycliffe Bible Translators. Talking Bibles International does not copy the Bible into other languages.
Do you make all the recordings that you use?
Talking Bibles International is proud to be one of several organizations that record Bible translations. We want to provide non-readers with a recording of the Bible in their language, read by a single voice, without dramatization or sound effects to distract the listener. In order to be the most faithful stewards of our talents, we prefer to use existing recordings when one that meets that standard is available. For projects where there is no satisfactory recording, our office is equipped with a full recording studio, and we have four portable backpack studios for recording on location.
Listening to Talking Bibles
How can I buy a Talking Bible?
Talking Bibles International does not sell Talking Bibles or provide support for Talking Bibles purchased through a retail distributor.
- If you would like to purchase Talking Bibles for your personal use, you may do so at the website of our retail partner, TB2U.
- If your church or organization would like to partner with Talking Bibles International to provide low-cost, reliable Bible audio players to those in need, then please contact us.
Where can I get help with my Talking Bible?
Talking Bibles International does not provide support for Talking Bibles purchased from a retailer. If you purchased your Talking Bible from our retail partner, TB2U, please direct your requests to their sales and support team. TB2U will also provide support for Talking Bibles purchased directly from Talking Bibles International prior to March 2015.
TB2U Phone: (760) 580-4342
TB2U Email: [email protected]
Ministry partners should submit technical support questions to their Talking Bibles International contact.
Can I download a Talking Bible recording?
Talking Bibles International generally does not provide downloads of our Bible recordings.
As an alternative, we do provide CDs of many of our recordings in exchange for a suggested donation. Contact us to get more information.
If a high-speed internet connection is available, there are two additional alternatives. Our listening website allows quick access to many of our recordings, and it works in modern browsers and on many smartphones. On iOS devices, you can even save it as an icon on your home screen.
Can I use a Talking Bible recording on my website?
Talking Bibles International generally does not allow other people or organizations to republish our Bible recordings.
The reason has to do with how the recordings are made. We record Bible translations that we borrow with permission from mission organizations and Bible societies. In turn, we promise the granting organization that we will protect the borrowed translations. Sometimes we agree to pay a small fee every time a translation is used in a Talking Bible. This royalty permits the granting organization to continue their Kingdom work of translation, distribution, and ministry. As Jesus said, "The laborer is worthy of his wages."
As an alternative, website owners might consider linking their visitors to our listening website. We are always open to suggestions for way to improve the listening website for use by your community.
There is a problem with the listening website!
We know that many people enjoy listening to the Bible in their language on our listening website. So we work hard to make sure that the site is always up and running the way that they should be. However, sometimes things go wrong. If you are having a problem with our listening site, please contact us with a description of the problem. We will do our best to fix it.
Partnership and Responsibility
Which churches support you?
Talking Bibles International is non-denominational, and our staff and volunteers come many denominations. We are supported financially by churches in various denominations and traditions. We distribute the word of God alone, so it is a joy for us to work with Christians of different backgrounds.
Why do you hide the faces of the people in your photos?
The stories that we publish on our website are about real people. Some of these people live in areas where it is unsafe to be a Christian. We believe that we must be as careful as possible, so that we do not cause our brothers and sisters in Christ to be singled out for persecution. For this reason, we blur faces, change names, and do not specify exact locations for some of the Christians in our stories. These brothers and sisters graciously give us permission to tell their stories. We are diligent to not abuse that permission.
How I can help non-readers to hear God's Word?
First, please pray diligently for the victory of the Gospel throughout the world, especially where God is speaking to his church through Talking Bibles. Pray for the safety of our staff, volunteers, and mission partners. Pray that God will continue to bless our organization has he always done, so that we can continue the work of the Great Commission that we know he has given us to do.
Can I trust Talking Bibles International with my gifts?
Talking Bibles International is an ECFA-accredited 501(c)3 charitable organization. Accreditation by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability® means that we have shown "compliance with established standards for financial accountability, transparency, fundraising and board governance." You can view a summary of our financial statements, going back to 2012, at our EFCA profile. You can also see the evidence of our commitment to transparency by viewing our platinum GuideStar profile.