Reading the Bible with Purpose (Basic Schedule of Readings)

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Bible Reading Guide

Order of Readings

Rev. J. Thomas Johnson

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-> Reading the Bible with Purpose – 1-year reading schedule

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.

Read 1st

First Testament

Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Isaiah

Intertestimental (Apocrypha)

1 & 2 Maccabees

New Testament

Matthew, Luke-Acts, Hebrews, Revelation

Read 2nd

First Testament

Leviticus, Numbers, Ruth, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations, Esther, Daniel

New Testament

Mark, John, Romans, Galatians, Ephesians

Read 3rd

First Testament

Joshua, Judges, 1  & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, Ezra, Nehemiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, The Book of the Twelve (Hosea-Malachi)

New Testament

1 Corinthians, Philippians, Titus, Philemon, James, 1 Peter, 1 John

Read 4th

First Testament

Job, Psalms, Proverbs, 1 & 2 Chronicles

New Testament

2 Corinthians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, 2 Peter, 2 & 3 John, Jude

Download our suggested schedule of readings:

-> Reading the Bible with Purpose – 1-year reading schedule

3 thoughts on “Reading the Bible with Purpose (Basic Schedule of Readings)”

  1. Hi! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick
    shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading through your articles.
    Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same subjects?
    Thanks a lot!

  2. This Bible reading schedule is thematic or connective in nature. The goal is to make as many associations as possible between the different parts of Scripture while still reading individual books of the Bible from start to finish.

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