Easy Read Bible, Try This!

Read easy bible: the scriptures and enjoy the Bible with this plan.

Many people would simply delight in the knowledge that they have read the entire Bible, but sometimes it seems like a chore to actually get it completed. It doesn't have to be this way, and it certainly does not have to be a matter of cover-to-cover reading.

There is such diverse subject matter on which the Bible touches! This includes history,love, and poetry, to name a few. There are stories we heard as children that have never lost their adventuresome impression.

Before discussing reading through the entire Bible, allow me to describe some things that will be found within the pages of this extraordinary book.

The sixty-six books of the Bible were written over a time period of approximately 1600 years. About forty different people wrote the words that comprise this remarkable text known as "The Holy Bible," but the words were bestowed upon all of those men by an individual author, God. The word Bible itself is defined as a plural form of

"books."

The Old Testament is rich with history. The annals of man from his origin. Psalms is one book where the lovely words of poetry are written. The New Testament covers the life of Jesus and offers sound advice for day-to-day living. Proverbs is also a delightful look into wisdom for daily survival.

By further definition, the meaning of the word testament is "covenant." God made a covenant with the Jewish people in the Old Testament through the Law He gave to Moses and the New Testament speaks of the covenant made by Jesus by way of his crucifixion and resurrection. This is the promise of eternal life through Him.



It is a possibility that the Bible you choose to read may have nearly 15 extra books placed between the testaments as we generally recognize them. The name of these extra books is Apocrypha. Some of these "additional books" cover the history of the world between the last words of Malachi and the time of Christ's birth starting in Matthew. The Apocrypha is recognized by the Roman Catholic Church as inspired and belonging in the Bible while the Protestant Churches do not believe the same.

One good idea is to have a chart drawn out with all the books of the Bible listed to be crossed off as you read them. If you prefer to "pick and choose" the order in which to read, the Bible is divided into categories. The "law" books were written by Moses and include Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

Those books called "Historical" describe the history of Israel and include Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Samuel I and II, Kings I and II, Chronicles I and II, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther.

Next are the "Poetry" books. These are the books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon.

Books of the "Prophets" are Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel, (these five books referred to as the "major prophets"); and the "minor prophets" include the books of Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.

That concludes the categories of the Old Testament. The New Testament division is categorized as "The Gospels", including the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; "Church History" in Acts; "Letters of Paul" in Romans, Corinthians I and II, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians I and II, Timothy I and II, Titus, and Philemon.

Completing the sections of the Bible are "Letters to the Church" in the books of Hebrews, James, Peter I and II, John I, II, and III, and Jude. Last, but certainly not least, is the "Prophecy" segment, the book of Revelation.

One way to initiate this great adventure is to read from different segments each day instead of staying in one place and reading cover to cover. It will give a larger scope of the whole representation than traveling from Genesis 1 through Revelation 22 without detour. Perhaps a chapter or two from the Old Testament and a chapter of Psalms or Proverbs per day to start? Or if you have more time, a chapter from the New Testament can also be added to the daily reading material.

Provided a chart is nearby to cross off what has already been read, you will recognize when the entire Bible has been covered, and what a splendid feeling of accomplishment it will be!

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