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There is nothing sacred about the arrangement of the individual books common to all Protestant English Bibles. This arrangement does not correspond to ancient Hebrew and Greek scripture arrangements. Not only that, but the German Lutheran Bible has yet a third sequence. And the current arrangements are sometimes unhelpful. Take Paul's letters for example: in English Bibles they are arranged mostly in order of their size from longest to shortest. I suppose this is logical to a printer. But the arrangement is not helpful for comprehending the apostle’s message and ministry development. Reading your Bible in the order it's bound is not necessarily the best. In what order should the Bible be read? There are several alternative reading plans available. They can be found in pamphlet form, or as a listing on the internet. There are also special Bibles that are arranged and printed for daily orderly reading. Many of these plans and Bibles are labeled ‘Chronological’ and they follow a historical chronology based on the internal narrative events. Other reading plans and Daily Bibles will jump back and forth between the Old and New Testaments based on a theory that readers will tire of reading only Old Testament for over nine months before they get to any New Testament material. I never liked the back and forth a-little-of-each -testament-every-day method. It breaks up the books too much; and it underestimates the capability of believing readers to read through the Old Testament. Historical chronologies ‘harmonize’ many of the books of the Bible, weaving together passages from different books that tell of the same event. The benefit of reading such a chronology is that readers become familiar with Biblical history and characters. The disadvantage is that such plans fragment many of the original books. Another type of chronological arrangement is possible. It might be called the order of ‘Salvation -History.’ Christians believe that that Bible, though written by many human authors, was above all inspired in its entirety by the one true God. As Paul and Peter wrote, God breathed out the Scriptures through individual human authors
(2Tim 3:16; 2Pet 1:21). God revealed himself through his word over the course of time (Heb 1:1). This is called ‘progressive revelation.’ The Bible is God's self-revelation to us, and it makes sense to read it in the order he wrote it. For example: the books of Kings and Chronicles contain parallel content, so historical chronologies will often cut and paste them together. But those two books were written at different times and for different purposes. Kings was written during the Babylonian exile to explain why the people of God were seemingly rejected by God and sent into exile (hence the emphasis in Kings on the sins of the people and their kings). But Chronicles was written some time later after the return from exile, and its purpose seems to be to teach the people about the legitimacy of the kingdom and chosen status of God's people (hence all the genealogies showing the continuity of the family of Israel). Though God was using the same subject matter, he had different points to make to the two different historical audiences. So, if we wished to read the Scriptures in the order God revealed them, what order would that be? The answer to that question turns out to be a somewhat complicated. For one thing, there is quite a wide range of dates proposed for many of the books. Secondly, some of the books seem to have existed in oral form long before they were committed to the written form we have now. Regarding the first issue, I have chosen to follow the dating conclusions of conservative evangelical scholars. They don’t always agree, but a consensus is possible in most cases. Regarding the second issue, I made choices in a few areas. Firstly, the wisdom/poetry books I placed at the end of the Old Testament (similar to the Hebrew Bible). I did this partly because some of them are extremely hard to put a date on (e.g. Job). I also did this in particular because of the nature of the book of Psalms. Many of the individual Psalms were composed very early on by David and others. But the book in the form we have it now was probably a compilation of the existing psalms made by a priest in post-exilic Israel, just a few centuries before Christ. The book of Psalms was the worship book that Israel used as they waited for the Messiah. What better
place to read it than right before the Gospels? I placed the Gospels ahead of the New Testament letters. Though many of these letters were actually written before the Gospels, the letters were written to explain the content of the Gospels—the life and ministry of Jesus. The Gospel narratives were already circulating orally in the Christian community, even if they hadn’t been put down in writing yet. So it made sense that we should read the Gospels first. (But not all the Gospels: I placed John’s gospel at the end of the reading plan along with John’s other writings. I also placed Acts before the letters because I thought it beneficial to read both of Luke’s books together.) Why read the Bible in this order? It gives the reader the opportunity to read each book in its entirety without interruption; so that the message of each book can be discerned. It also allows the reader to see the progress of God’s revelation of himself to humanity; to build an understanding of God piece by piece. In conclusion, I recall what I wrote at beginning about the arrangement of our Bibles. There's nothing sacred about this arrangement either. People who read through the entire Bible will be blessed and will profit from it, no matter what order they read it in. May God bless you as you read his Word. Tips for Reading Pray before and after for understanding. The readings are arranged with five readings per week. This allows the reader to miss a day now and then without falling behind. Don’t be discouraged by all the Old Testament reading. This was the Scripture Jesus read and quoted from. There are many treasures to be found. (I recommend Philip Yancey’s book The Bible Jesus Read to those who want help understanding the Old Testament.) Read an introduction to each of the books from a study Bible. This will give you some insights into the historical context of the writer and the message of the book that God intended for the people of that time, as well as how its message may apply to you today.
Some daily readings may seem a little dry. Try to remember as you are reading the genealogies, for example, that each one of those names represents a real person created by God. Even though we know almost nothing of his or her story, God mentioned them by name for all of history. Won’t that be special to you too some day? Week 1 Gen. 1-4 Gen. 5-10 Gen. 11-15 Gen. 16-19 Gen. 20-24 Week 2 Gen. 25-27 Gen. 28-31 Gen. 32-35 Gen. 36-39 Gen. 40-42 Week 3 Gen. 43-46 Gen. 47-50 Ex. 1-5 Ex. 6-9 Ex. 10-14 Week 4 Ex. 15-18 Ex. 19-22 Ex. 23-27 Ex. 28-31 Ex. 32-35 Week 5 Ex. 36-40 Lev. 1-4 Lev. 5-9 Lev. 10-14 Lev. 15-18 Week 6 Lev. 19-22 Lev. 23-25 Lev. 26-27 Num. 1-3 Num. 4-6 Week 7 Num. 7-9 Num. 10-13 Num. 14-17 Num. 18-21 Num. 22-25 Week 8 Num. 26-29 Num. 30-33 Num. 34-36 Deut. 1-4 Deut. 5-8 Week 9 Deut. 9-13 Deut. 14-19 Deut. 20-25 Deut. 26-29 Deut. 30-34 Week 10 Josh. 1-6 Josh. 7-9 Josh. 10-13 Josh. 14-18 Josh. 19-21 Week 11 Josh. 22-24 Jdg. 1-4 Jdg. 5-8 Jdg. 10-12 Jdg. 13-17 Week 12 Jdg. 18-21 Ruth Obad., Joel Jonah Amos 1-5
Week 13 Amos 6-9 Mic. 1-4 Mic. 5-7 Hos. 1-7 Hos. 8-14 Week 14 Isa. 1-5 Isa. 6-10 Isa. 11-15 Isa. 16-21 Isa. 22-26 Week 15 Isa. 27-30 Isa. 31-35 Isa. 36-39 Isa. 40-42 Isa. 43-45 Week 16 Isa. 46-49 Isa. 50-54 Isa. 55-59 Isa. 60-63 Isa. 64-66 Week 17 Nah., Zeph. Habakkuk Jer. 1-3 Jer. 4-6 Jer. 7-10 Week 18 Jer. 11-14 Jer. 15-18 Jer. 19-23 Jer. 24-27 Jer. 28-31 Week 19 Jer. 32-35 Jer. 36-40 Jer. 41-45 Jer. 46-48 Jer. 49-50
Week 20 Jer. 51-52 Lam. 1-2 Lam. 3-5 1Sam. 1-5 1Sam. 6-11 Week 21 1Sam. 12-14 1Sam. 15-17 1Sam. 18-22 1Sam. 23-26 1Sam. 28-31 Week 22 2Sam. 1-3 2Sam. 4-9 2Sam. 10-13 2Sam. 14-17 2Sam. 18-20 Week 23 2Sam. 21-24 1Kgs. 1-3 1Kgs. 4-6 1Kgs. 7-8 1Kgs. 9-11 Week 24 1Kgs. 12-15 1Kgs. 16-19 1Kgs. 20-22 2Kgs. 1-4 2Kgs. 5-8 Week 25 2Kgs. 9-11 2Kgs. 12-15 2Kgs. 16-18 2Kgs. 19-22 2Kgs. 23-25 Week 26 Ezek. 1-6 Ezek. 7-12 Ezek. 13-16 Ezek. 17-20 Ezek. 21-23
Week 27 Ezek. 24-27 Ezek. 28-31 Ezek. 32-35 Ezek. 36-39 Ezek. 40-43 Week 28 Ezek. 44-48 Dan. 1-3 Dan. 4-7 Dan. 8-12 Haggai Week 29 Zech. 1-8 Zech. 9-14 1Chr. 1-3 1Chr. 4-6 1Chr. 7-10 Week 30 1Chr. 11-14 1Chr. 15-19 1Chr. 20-24 1Chr. 25-29 2Chr. 1-5 Week 31 2Chr. 6-9 2Chr. 10-15 2Chr. 16-20 2Chr. 21-25 2Chr. 26-29 Week 32 2Chr. 30-33 2Chr. 33-36 Ezra 1-5 Ezra 6-10 Neh. 1-5 Week 33 Neh. 6-9 Neh. 10-13 Malachi Esther Job 1-5
Week 34 Job 6-10 Job 11-15 Job 16-20 Job 21-27 Job 28-31 Week 35 Job 32-37 Job 38-42 Prov. 1-5 Prov. 6-10 Prov. 11-14 Week 36 Prov. 15-18 Prov. 19-22 Prov. 23-27 Prov. 28-31 Ecc. 1-6 Week 37 Ecc. 7-12 SS. 1-4 SS. 5-8 Psa. 1-8 Psa. 9-17 Week 38 Psa. 18-23 Psa. 24-31 Psa. 32-37 Psa. 38-44 Psa. 45-51 Week 39 Psa. 52-60 Psa. 61-68 Psa. 69-74 Psa. 75-80 Psa. 81-89 Week 40 Psa. 90-96 Psa. 97-104 Psa. 105-107 Psa. 108-118 Psa. 119
Week 41 Psa. 120-135 Psa. 136-143 Psa. 144-150 Mark 1-4 Mark 5-9 Week 42 Mark 10-12 Mark 13-16 Matt. 1-4 Matt. 5-8 Matt. 9-12 Week 43 Matt. 13-15 Matt. 16-19 Matt. 20-22 Matt. 23-25 Matt. 26-28 Week 44 Luke 1-3 Luke 4-6 Luke 7-9 Luke 10-12 Luke 13-15 Week 45 Luke 16-19 Luke 20-22 Luke 23-24 Acts 1-4 Acts 5-8 Week 46 Acts 9-12 Acts 13-16 Acts 17-20 Acts 21-24 Acts 25-28
Week 47 James Galatians 1Ths., 2Ths. 1Cor. 1-6 1Cor. 7-12 Week 48 1Cor. 13-16 2Cor. 1-7 2Cor. 8-13 Rom. 1-5 Rom. 6-10 Week 49 Rom. 11-16 Ephesians Colossians Phmn., Phil. 1 Timothy Week 50 Tit., 2Tim. Heb. 1-8 Heb. 9-13 1 Peter 2Pet., Jude Week 51 John 1-4 John 5-8 John 9-12 John 13-17 John 18-21 Week 52 1Jn, 2Jn, 3Jn Rev. 1-5 Rev. 6-11 Rev. 12-17 Rev. 18-22
A One Year Bible Reading Plan
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