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Bible – Pluses and Minuses

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In a recent discussion with an earnest Christian, I was challenged to read the Bible. I already had it in mind so to do. Now, in contrast with most Christians, I have actually read1 the whole Bible through a few times, some passages hundreds of times. However, when my Christian faith unravelled in the early 1990s I stopped reading the Bible, and now have some difficulty remembering the Chapters and Verses. I imagine the good lady was intending an uncritical, prayerful reading. But what I intend is some middle way: to read it through again with fresh eyes and jot down all the things that are troublesome, without ignoring the passages that impress. Maybe someone has answers to the difficulties (though I doubt it).

So, I’m reading through the NIV “The Bible in One Year”. I’ve always been resistant to being judged on “the numbering of my days”, so I’ve started at the beginning with the January readings, even though it’s July, to get the story somewhat in the right order. This Blog will give my thoughts.

Incidentally, I don’t have a huge amount of time for this exercise, and I won’t be writing a Bible commentary, or even reading any of them. The idea is to plough on to complete the exercise in a year. No doubt my jottings will be superficial. But something’s better than nothing. I have a feeling that there are lots of “problems” with the Bible, but I need to make plain what these are. So, here goes. An indicator next to the books will show whether I’ve had anything to say yet. Superscripts indicate “yes”, subscripts indicate “no”.

Old Testament

  1. Genesis2
  2. Exodus3
  3. Leviticus4
  4. Numbers5
  5. Deuteronomy6
  6. Joshua7
  7. Judges8
  8. Ruth9
  9. 1 Samuel10
  10. 2 Samuel11
  11. 1 Kings12
  12. 2 Kings13
  13. 1 Chronicles14
  14. 2 Chronicles15
  15. Ezra16
  16. Nehemiah17
  17. Esher18
  18. Psalms19
  19. Proverbs20
  20. Job21
  21. Ecclesiastes22
  22. Song of Songs23
  23. Isaiah24
  24. Jeremiah25
  25. Lamentations26
  26. Ezekiel27
  27. Daniel28
  28. Hosea29
  29. Joel30
  30. Amos31
  31. Obadiah32
  32. Jonah33
  33. Micah34
  34. Nahum35
  35. Habakkuk36
  36. Zephaniah37
  37. Haggai38
  38. Zechariah39
  39. Malachi40

New Testament
  1. Matthew41
  2. Mark42
  3. Luke43
  4. John44
  5. Acts45
  6. Romans46
  7. 1 Corinthians47
  8. 2 Corinthians48
  9. Galatians49
  10. Ephesians50
  11. Philippians51
  12. Colossians52
  13. 1 Thessalonians53
  14. 2 Thessalonians54
  15. 1 Timothy55
  16. 2 Timothy56
  17. Titus57
  18. Philemon58
  19. Hebrews59
  20. James60
  21. 1 Peter61
  22. 2 Peter62
  23. 1 John63
  24. 2 John64
  25. 3 John65
  26. Jude66
  27. Revelation67



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