Re: [asa] Bible reading advice?

From: Michael Roberts <>
Date: Sun Oct 12 2008 - 12:20:12 EDT

Is it or is it not a suitable subject>

As the Bible has some importance:):) then it does.

The most important thing is to read the bible regularly i.e virtually every
day, and to read all of it in small bits, with a greater emphasis on the NT,
but still reading all the OT.

Exactly how depends on the individual.

Some Bible reading notes are more about the writer's opinions than the Bible
and are useless as they say nothing about the text.

For my self my bread-and-butter reading is to read a psalm, a chapter of OT
and a chunk of NT each weekday. Doing that I get through everything every
two years.

I use commentaries where needed and reference books.

I may also read whole sections, or books in one or a few goes.

I would say ; aim to read the whole bible (including the beginning of
Chronicles ) every two to three years and start again. Having said that find
what suits you best.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Christine Smith" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, October 12, 2008 4:37 AM
Subject: [asa] Bible reading advice?

> Hi all,
> This is perhaps not directly relevant to ASA's usual topic of discussion,
> so please feel free to reply off-line...
> I am looking for advice and tips on the best way to read the Bible the
> whole way through. I've probably read ~50% of the Bible in shorter spurts
> just from spontaneously selecting different chapters or books and reading
> those at various times, but that of course isn't a particularly coherent
> approach. I tried once to read it the whole way through, one chapter each
> night, but ended up stopping about 1/3 of the way into the OT because of
> some personal issues that disrupted my routine. I'd like to try again, but
> would appreciate any advice/tips you would offer from your own experiences
> that will help me get the most out of it (and keep me disciplined in it!!)
> Specifically, I'm wondering...
> 1) Should I try to keep a journal/diary as I read, to reflect on what's
> being said and my reactions/questions to it?
> 2) Should I stop every time I don't recognize a cultural term, geographic
> location, etc. to look it up and try to find out its relevance to the
> passage, or would it be better the first time through to just try to get
> the basic grasp of each passage rather than engaging the nitty-gritty
> details of it?
> 3) How should I section off my reading? Is it better to do a chapter a
> night? A book a night? One complete story/section (i.e. Noah's flood) each
> night? Are those "Read the Bible in 365 days" type of set-ups you can find
> in the store worthwhile?
> 4) Are there any particular things you did to enrich your experience? For
> example, prayer before and/or after? Listen to music? Read along with
> family members and then discuss? Go to a park?
> 5) Is it helpful to read a commentary or book on the passages that you're
> engaging as you go along (i.e. reading a commentary on Genesis as you read
> Genesis) to get someone else's perspectives and insights, or does that
> hinder your ability to read it in an unbiased manner? If you'd recommend
> concurrently reading a commentary or Biblical studies series, what would
> you recommend?
> Thanks ahead of time for your thoughts!
> In Christ,
> Christine
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