The Bible is considered a classic book. Often times people receive the Bible as a gift, but are overwhelmed at reading such a lengthy book.
For the person who has never read the Bible or is unfamiliar with most of the contents, it can be helpful to get an overview of the main storyline of the Bible.
Here are two reading plans that will give the reader an overview of the Bible.
1. The first is a very minimal reading plan that covers some of the Core Bible Stories.
2. The second is an abbreviated reading schedule that covers about 22% of the total Bible.
3. For the person who is ready to read through the entire Bible, there are many Bible reading plans available. Some will take you from start to finish; some have suggested several readings from different parts of the Bible for each day of the year that will allow you to complete the Bible in one year.
As you read, it is helpful to ask questions about what you are reading.
See the attachments below for one suggested reading plan that will allow you to track your progress through the Bible. The advantages of this plan is that you read large sections at a time and there are five main reading tracks, one for each week day, that take you through different sections of the Bible. Because each reading is not tied to one day of the week, it is less of a problem if you need to skip a day.
The English Standard Version is a very fine translation of the Bible to consider and the publisher has an excellent web site where the entire Bible can be accessed. There are many complete reading plans at that website (see descriptions of reading plans) available in many formats: Web, RSS, Email, iCal, Mobile, and Print. Using the online option allows you to both read and hear the passages for the day (see example). Of the many reading plans at that site, I would recommend the ESV Study Bible/Literary Study Bible reading plan or the Chronological reading plan.
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