Grab a Bible
If you are familiar with the Bible you’ll know there are many versions, paraphrases, parts of etc. that you could wish for.
If you don’t prefer or own a bible, then here are my suggestions
Do you prefer online or offline? Both present many options, but again my recommendation:
- Go to theolivetree.com and download a Version of the Bible. The benefit here is when you do, either on PC or Tablet, you don’t need Internet to use it. I’ve used it on the plane, subway, walking down street…and/or
- Go to Bible Gateway.com and pick a version, language, start to read or listen, bookmark it and follow through….start at Genesis 1-3
Version is top choice over paraphrase. A paraphrase is rewording the Bible with the authors understanding. You want a translation: better scholarship and accuracy and leaves you with only the Holy Spirit and you to understand the passage
My top four preferences are as follows:
NIV New International Version is the best readable version today; NASB: New American Standard Version: best accurate text ; KJV: King James Version: best for memory work and oldest version in print ; RSV: Revised Standard Version serves as an easier read to the KJV.
If you are a disciplined person, and you take up this challenge, then you will find that an investment of only 15 minutes a day will get you through the entire bible in one year.
Pet Peeves: I have two things that you’ll notice quickly. One is I don’t break up a chapter, so how much you actually read daily is your choice. I like to complete a chapter and later a book. I don’t like to stop exactly at 88verses, because that breaks a chapter. Same with the completion of a segment or a book. In the first 3 days, we’ll read 11 chapters if you follow along with me. Genesis 1-11 is a major Introductory section of Genesis. Then we’ll flow through the final 39 chapters which records the life and Times of Abraham and his 3 generations that follow him
A second Pet Peeve is when we get to “harder” sections. It’ll seem boring or perhaps irrelevant to our daily times. I may suggest you read a shorter amount from one section but add a chapter from an easier and “sweeter” part of the Bible. That is strictly your choice. I’ll have notes for either choice when we get there, a first example could be around Exodus 21 and following, about late January or the first month, whenever you’ve decided to start
If you finish the Bible , then let me know at the end and if you can complete a passing grade on a quiz I give you, I will give you a prize. I’m not going to tell you the prize now, but we’ll look at it later.
Happy New Year: tomorrow we pick it up at Genesis 1-3. Future notes will be a lot shorter; leave a comment or question if you like, and I’ll try to answer them as we go