I want to start reading the Bible again and maybe this is a good start.
http://www.biblegateway.com/resources/r ... ensive.php
If you know of something like this or better, please let me know.
Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated.
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If you choose a program, I would not use one that skips around. The Bible is not arranged chronologically, and if a program skips around too much, a person can become confused easily, losing sight of the "big picture", the Bible story. I would start in either Genesis or Matthew. The Old Testament is arranged in mostly chronological order from Genesis through Nehemiah. Job through Song of Solomon is the more "poetical" section, also known as the wisdom literature. It needs no context, because it is applicable all the time. It relates directly to life's struggles. Isaiah through Malachi represent the prophets (think of them as preachers), who tried to bring the Israelites back to faithful keeping of their law from God. So, you could read Genesis through Nehemiah and get the basic story that leads up to Jesus. Although it is not remotely chronological, the rest of the Old Testament is more practical in application, as it deals more directly with people's hearts and thoughts; however, I think it's important to understand the background first. Otherwise, it can be harder to understand the prophets.
If you start in the New Testament, Matthew through John represent 4 independent accounts of Jesus' birth, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension. Acts details the growth of the church from Jerusalem to Rome, which covers the years, 29-61 A.D. The books, 1 Corinthians through 3rd John, are letters written to churches by 1st century apostles and prophets, over the years, 51-96 A.D. The last one, Revelation, was written about 96 A.D., and it is easily the most difficult book in the Bible, because it's written almost entirely in code - figurative language based on the Old Testament prophets. I would save it for last. Incidentally, there are a handful of books in the Old Testament that are also very hard to understand, because they are very figurative (Zechariah, last half of Daniel, and parts of Ezekiel).
Hopefully, this little summary will help you decide where to start and what to expect. Personally, I generally start in Genesis, although I have started at Matthew a few times.
The advice you found on the other site is very similar to what I mentioned, although they advocate using a journal to keep notes. That's a really good idea. Personally, I keep notes in my wide-margin Bible, so I can find stuff more easily. After I finish reading my Bible, I buy a new one and start over, transferring my notes and re-reading it as I go. If you have an old Bible from a loved one or respected friend, this can be very helpful and meaningful. My son is getting closer to the age that I can do this with him, and I hope to start studying with him soon in this fashion.
Well, I've rambled a bit, but I hope this helps. Incidentally, I would recommend either a New King James Version (NKJV), New American Standard Version (NASV), or NIV version of the Bible. They are generally translated very carefully and accurately, as far as I can tell and have researched, while trying to maintain as much modern readability as possible. Often, I compare these 3 versions on difficult passages. No translation is perfect, so it's helpful to compare them. Plus, some versions are easier to read in some places than others.
Bible Gateway is a nice site with a lot of resources. I have used it several times to compare versions.
I hope we can talk more later. If you have any questions or are just looking for someone to talk to, let me know.
Just a quick note to say "Thanks". You should really be a teacher. The way you explain things -it's just so great.
The summary really helped. I was going to start with Genesis.
Yes, the reading can be hard to understand and it's good to know the translated versions are as accurate as possible for easier reading. I wondered about that.
I went home yesterday feeling better about things than I have in a long time. I feel like that's a start.
Hopefully, we can talk more later.
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