Originally Posted by Mastermind26
Has anyone read the entire Bible yet?
New Testament only. Still working on the Old Testament.
I'll be starting a new Bible study this month and I'll be focusing more on the historical timeline of the Bible. The goal is just to read Salvation history. Kinda get the "big picture" so to speak. So I'll be skipping certain books/chapters. The books in parenthesis is what I'll be skipping.
Here's what I"ll be doing according to my course guide:
Early World - Creation to 2000 BC : Genesis 1-11
Patriarchs - 2000 -1700 BC: Genesis 12 -50
Egypt & Exodus - 1700 - 1280 BC: Exodus
Desert Wanderings - 1280 -1240 BC: Numbers
Conquest and Judges - 1240 -1050 BC: Joshua, Judges
Royal Kingdom - 1050 - 930 BC: 1 & 2 Samuel, parts of 1 Kings
(Psalms, 1&2 Chronicles, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon)
Divided Kingdom - 930 -722 BC: parts of 1 & 2 Kings
(Obadiah, Joel, Amos, Jonah, Hosea, Micah)
Exile - 722 -540 BC: rest of 2 Kings
(Tobit, Nahum, Habakkuk, Ezekiel, Isaiah, parts of Micah, Judith, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Zephaniah, Baruch, parts of Daniel)
Return - 538 -167 BC: Ezra, Nemiah
(Zechariah, parts of Daniel, Haggai, Esther, Malachi)
Maccabean Revolt - 167 - 0 BC: 1 Maccabees
(2 Maccabees, Wisdom of Solomon, Sirach)
Messianic Fulfillment - 0-33 AD: Luke
(Matthew, Mark, John)
The Church 33 - : Acts
(Paul's letters, other letters, Revelations)
As you can see that's a lot of books in parenthesis. The goal is to understand God's salvation story through these main books. Then I'll go back and insert the other books which many are actually a little more difficult to read and at times boring. Afterwards I may consider a more in depth Bible study but there are other areas I'd like to read such as writings from the Early Church Fathers or Desert Fathers and some Papal Encyclicals.
There's so much out there yet Christianity doesn't have to be so "complicated" as well. I look at Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and her messages have always been so simple yet so profound. Even St. Therese of Liseux, her message was simple: "do small things with great love." Everything she did was for the love of God. Even simple things as sweeping the floor she did for the love of God. It's no wonder her "little way" is so popular because most people can see themselves doing that versus doing something like studying theology and reading exegisis and writings from great Christian scholars. It really shows how the Gospel is for everyone regardless of their "intellect."