More Bible-reading

Lectionary-based Bible-reading plans have the advantage of keeping in step with the seasons of the Christian year. Yet, few Christians have ever read the entire Bible. There is something to be said, then, for schedules that get you through larger portions of the Bible through the course of the year. Most Christians bookshops carry a One Year Bible of one sort or another. These rearrange the Bible into portions for daily reading. You just turn to the date and read the passages conveniently printed for that day. You will typically read something from each Testament and a Psalm each day. I think you need to read about 3 chapters of the Bible a day to get through it in a year.

Robert Murray McCheyne (1813-1843) devised a famous Bible-reading plan by which you can read the New Testament and Psalms twice and the rest of the Bible once in a year. If you can cope with the archaic view of the family reflected in his instructions and adapt his schedule for ‘family’ and ‘secret’ devotions to your own circumstances, his plan remains useful. You can download it here or here.

Another way of reading through a significant amount of the Bible in a year is to follow the Synagogue schedule that will take you through the Torah (Genesis–Deuteronomy) in a year. Sabbath and daily readings can be found here. The Synagogue year will start again with Genesis (1.1– 6.8)  on Sat 17 Oct. If  you start the daily readings (from the link above) on Sunday 11 October, you can add an interfaith dimension to your Bible reading and keep in step with the Synagogue.

The other way, of course, is just to start reading at Genesis. Read a few chapters each day and see how far you can get. If you make it through Leviticus there is every chance you’ll keep going to the end! Let me know if you do.

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