Bible Reading Plans

Day 1 With the Literary ESV

BANG! With that I’m out of the starting gate. I haven’t quite determined how in depth to make this little blogging routine but I have two windows open. One on each monitor. 🙂 To my left is the Literary ESV set on Genesis 1 – I started to read the notes and figured I’d best open a blog window on the right. I’m already enjoying the literary notes. Viewing the Bible through a literary Genre lens is a worthy endeavor. Thanks to the venerable KJV the english language is packed with literary allusions to the Bible. Just go looking for them. I’ve got some reading to do. Don’t know how much I’ll blog about the content itself but here we go.

Epic. Not only is it the theme of the book of Genesis from a literary standpoint but it is the only way to truly regard reading the book of Genesis (well 1/2 of it) in one sitting. Creation, Fall, Flood, Families of the Earth, and the pivot point of not only the book of Genesis but of the entire Old Testament – the selection of the Patriarch Abram and his children to be the family through whom God will bless the earth.
The flood narrative demonstrates that merely starting over isn’t good enough. Once the human soul has been marred by sin, even a proverbial “new years day” won’t change anything. So God chooses Abraham and puts into play the long term plan to redeem the human soul.

30 Days With the Literary ESV

In January I caught a post on the Logos newsgroups introducing me to the ESV Literary Study Bible. And I just caught it again at Mark Bertrands Bible Design Blog. My first thought was that it would serve me no purpose. My second thought was to remember that the number of literary allusions to the scriptures in English Literature is mind boggling. So I became curious and decided to check it out. I hit the official web site and started perusing it a bit. Among other things I learned by reading the prefacethat this isn’t about highlighting the Bible in other literature; it’s about highlighting the forms of literature in which God revealed himself. For my taste that sounded better. The Bible is packed with literary styles – it was enough to make me want to read it.

I noticed that I could sign up for a thirty day account for free. This would enable me to have full access to the text, charts and summaries for thirty days. And then I hatched an idea: Why not read through the bible in thirty days? Yes, I mean read through the whole bible in a mere month

Read Through The Bible In A Group This Year

Since the turn of the year is nearly upon us and since it’s customary to begin a new bible reading program at that time I want to invite you on a journey through the Bible with a growing group of like minded individuals. Like any potential adventure it could be quite dangerous. First it might be dangerous because the program I’m going to suggest is in “beta” mode right now. That means that it’s stable enough to test but not necessarily stable enough to call stable; though in all fairness I have not found it to be unstable.

Second it’s likely to be dangerous to your current way of life. God’s word has a powerful effect on those who actually read it. It will change you and that for the better.

The First thing you need to do is take a look at the Logos Bible software page on the Global Bible Reader Beta Test. This is where you’ll be able to read about and download the program. Let’s assume you’re interested, what can you expect?

Let me walk you through the current beta version which was announced just this week in the Logos newsgroups.