I do Bible studies from time to time. I’ve attempted the “read the Bible in a year” plans, but never keep up with them for more than a few months. Then start over. *sigh*
A friend of mine mentioned she had read the Bible chronologically and enjoyed the change of pace. The Bible doesn’t happen in the order it is presented. It is grouped into categories: 1. Torah (also known as the Law or the Pentateuch); 2. History; 3. Poetry; 4. Prophets (major and minor); 5. Gospels; and 6. Letters. overviewbible.com/books-of-the-bible
While a lot of it is fairly chronological, I was surprised to find some books overlap others as far as timelines go. Job, for example, is located in the poetry section, but has always been considered the oldest story in the Bible and when you look at the timeline, you find Job’s story is dated between Genesis 6-10 (The great flood) and Genesis 11 (Tower of Babel.)
www.alltimelines.com/bible lists the Bible stories in chronological order. The first book and chapter they start with is John 1. (more about why I find this fascinating coming soon in another post)
I reviewed several chronological plans on the YouVersion Bible app, but they weren’t the right fit for me. I do better with smaller reading plans (4 to 7 days). Anything with the word “chronological” in it is going to be much larger and more intense (There are 1189 chapters from Genesis to Revelations). It’s easy for me to get overwhelmed, fall behind, and buckle under the pressure of catching up, missing the whole point of studying the Bible.
Therefore I took the lists from (www.alltimelines.com/bible) and created a spreadsheet. (You will soon learn, if you don’t already know, how much I love spreadsheets.) I’m starting with 90 chapters. Instead of marking it off in date ranges, I am currently marking it off by chapter. If I read one chapter a day, it will take over three years to finish this study.
Is that all I’m going to do?!? Of course not!!! The part of a Bible study the holds my attention and helps me retain what I’ve learned is the devotionals/commentary. Let’s face it, one chapter a day is not a challenge. A 4 to 7 day study plan is pretty much a piece of cake as well. So, I’m combining the two concepts by finding a small plan, or even several small plans, to read alongside the chronological reading.
I’m officially on day 2 and have already found some fascinating tidbits to spur me forward. Instead of keeping these notes stashed away on my Kindle or in a Word document, I thought I’d utilize this blog page. It’s just sitting here collecting dust, I might as well put it to work!