Wednesday, January 1, 2020

The Gospel According to Mark, read by David Suchet

This YouTube recording is a real treat. It is the reading of the entire Gospel of Mark given at St Paul's Cathedral, London on 28th March, 2017, by David Suchet, best known as the moustached eponymous hero of Agatha Christie's Poirot. Raised without religion, Suchet was converted by reading Romans 8 in a hotel Bible. Now a practising Anglican, he has produced The Complete NIV Audio Bible which reached sales of 25,000 across all its platforms. He also made a successful BBC documentary Following the footsteps of St Paul and St Peter. David Suchet is now the vice-president of the Bible Society.

The point is made in the introduction that while we usually hear the Gospels read in short sections, it can be a revelation to read – or hear – the whole of the story at once. That was how the Gospel was intended to be encountered.

The St Paul's performance was not Suchet's first public reading of the Bible. He has previously recorded a reading of the whole of the New International Version – the first ever recording of the NIV by a single actor, which Suchet described as his "legacy". Now a practising Anglican, he is most famous for his role as Hercule Poirot in the long-running detective drama, for which he was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Royal Television Society.

Whether you are a seasoned believer or just curious, wait until you have a couple of hours free, and watch the video right through without interruption. You will be surprised at its impact.


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