Bible Reading Guide
Order of Readings
Rev. J. Thomas Johnson
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I have long been resistant to the practice of reading the Bible through from beginning to end, primarily because that methodology often fails to appreciate the role that individual biblical texts play within the Christian canon. However, being a theologian who is committed to context and contextual readings, as I am, I also find myself recoiling from approaches which take chapters from here and there, attempting to provide a disjointed thematic approach to reading Scripture.
But, pointing out the problems in various methodologies is quite simple. Making positive contributions towards better procedures is a bit more challenging. And so, recently I was challenged to organize each of the First and New Testaments into a chronology of readings. I began by dividing each Testament into two groupings of texts. You can find those groupings here.
Based on those groupings, I then went on to develop a suggested order of readings for both the First and the New Testaments. For those who are looking for a fresh way of reading through the Scriptures or for those who are interested in reading the Scriptures with an eye toward which books require knowledge of others to be understood and appreciated fully, I hope this guide will prove useful.
Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Isaiah
1 & 2 Maccabees
Matthew, Luke-Acts, Hebrews, Revelation
Leviticus, Numbers, Ruth, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations, Esther, Daniel
Mark, John, Romans, Galatians, Ephesians
Joshua, Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, Ezra, Nehemiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, The Book of the Twelve (Hosea-Malachi)
1 Corinthians, Philippians, Titus, Philemon, James, 1 Peter, 1 John
Job, Psalms, Proverbs, 1 & 2 Chronicles
2 Corinthians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, 2 Peter, 2 & 3 John, Jude