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Friday
Sep042015

Take your bible in big chunks

The course I am taking this semester is "Biblical Introduction." It is a survey of the entire bible, and a required course. It is a pre-requisite to the biblical studies courses, which I am eager to take. I hope to take the courses on the Penteteuch, Wisdom Literature, Psalms, and Romans.

I have to read the entire bible by December 5th. I wanted to get ahead so I started on August 17. Today, I will finish to 1 Samuel 30. It takes about an hour a day, and I read about 13-14 chapters each day. As I read, I am marking the words "holy" and "covenant."  I am taking this opportunity of reading the whole bible to see how those words are evident throughout the entire bible.

Reading in large chunks like this is very beneficial. The narratives need to be read in their entirety. It's much easier to see how the bible is a cohesive whole when it is read in this way. I have been reading and studying the bible for a long time, and I am aware of the battle stories in it, but reading Joshua and Judges in quick succession really highlighted that. Reading in large sections also makes it easier to see the key words, phrases, and themes which are so important for understanding the flow of thought.

My prof told me that this would be a kind of bible reading I was not used to. I would not have time to stop and ponder long. That will come, but this exercise is to highlight the unity of the bible. Seeing the bible as a whole helps with understanding the levels of context, which is key to interpretation.

I would not want to read the bible in this way all the time. In fact, I wouldn't necessarily want to read the bible through every year, but I think it's a very worthwhile activity. I may do it again at some point. And at an hour a day, it's not all that onerous for me at this point in my life.

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Reader Comments (2)

I'm currently doing something similar, and am also appreciating the overview. Reading the Pentateuch and seeing Jesus in every sacrifice, everything about the tabernacle, all the Festivals, was a real blessing.

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Lovegrove

I like reading the Bible through quickly from time to time. I see connections that I wouldn't see going more slowly. Also reading the Bible through cover to cover once a year doesn't take that long. If I don't do that, I'm apt to read the same books and others go unread. I miss so much that way.

September 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLin

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