Category: Bibliology

So since this plan is so popular I might as well share my version of it I have adapted it to work with my personal tradition of the Psalms as a floating reading that I will read throughout the day as the Spirit calls me into communion, as such there are technically 11 tracks as opposed to Horner’s original 10.

  1. Gospels; Matthew, Mark, Luke and John (89 Days)
  2. Torah; Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy (187 Days)
  3. Nevi’im I; Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings (147 Days)
  4. Pauline Epistles; Romans, I Corinthians, II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I Thessalonians, II Thessalonians, I Timothy, II Timothy, Titus, Philemon (87 Days)
  5. Nevi’im II; Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel (166 Days)
  6. Ketuvim I; Job, Ruth, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations, Esther, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Chronicles (181 Days)
  7. General Epistles; Hebrews, James, I Peter, II Peter, I John, II John, III John, Jude, Revelation (56 Days)
  8. Nevi’im III; Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi (67 Days)
  9. Ketuvim II; Proverbs (31 Days)
  10. Acts (28 Days)

The eleventh track is the Psalter, I read a chapter from each of two other tracks then read a Psalm, with one to start and one to finish this makes the total chapters read to be 16 in my morning devotion time.

I have been contemplating the past few days this forthcoming edition of the ESV:

ESV Reader’s Edition

All too often we approach the Bible as it has been presented to us by the publishing companies of the Church, that is as a reference work, as such it stands as this monolith that to many Christians is a mystery. With this edition however that changes (hopefully) the Bible is something like any other book in that it is meant to be read. The making it less like a reference work and more like what we are used to reading is something I have long sought as a possible way to encourage people to read. It is as the Confession of Faith puts it:

the full disclosure [of Scripture] makes of the only way of man’s salvation, together with many other incomparable excellencies and entire perfections.┬áBy all the evidence the Scripture more than proves itself to be the Word of God. — 2LBCF 1.5

Scripture is testimony to Life itself in our Lord Christ. Surely one of our highest callings is to seek and contemplate God himself as he has revealed himself in the Person of Christ, this of course being preserved for us by the Holy Spirit in the Scriptures. If something stands in our way, say a lack of ability to read Scripture as we have it we should seek out other methods to be washed in the word. The Church used to do public readings of the Scriptures in every service to wash the congregants in the word, we now thanks to technology have the ability to have recorded Scripture and we have availed ourselves of this. I to have done so and am blessed by an Audio Bible which I listen to on my cycling rides.

One other problem with the chapter and verse divisions is that it artificially disrupts the flow of the thoughts of the Apostles and Prophets by whom the Holy Spirit has given us Scripture. This too is something that I see this edition as being able to do, that is in some ways restore this flow. I do hope and pray that this edition will inspire more editions such as this and that the level of Biblical literacy will increase.