How to Read the Bible- A Daunting Book Simplified

What is the Bible?

The Bible is a collection of scriptures that is around 2700 years old; around 40 authors have contributed to writing the 66 diverse books that teach us about the word of God. The passages of the Bible contain a wide range of writing styles for example poems, letters and biographies, with a wide range of topics from love to genocide. The writer’s lives were so diverse, you will always be able to find a passage to relate to.

How to Read the Bible

Firstly, decide what translation of the Bible will suit you the best. The Bible Society has a great guide to choosing the right one for you, look here…

Once you’ve chosen your translation decide your goals. Are you going to read a chapter a day? Read the Sunday Mass readings to prepare for the service? It is good to set a goal so you can stay disciplined and reach your targets.

It is recommended to start with the Gospel of John if you are new to reading the Bible. John’s purpose of writing was to document his eyewitness account of Jesus’ life, helping the reader believe in Jesus and his teachings. Then you can continue with the other books of the Gospel; Matthew, Mark or Luke.

Then you could read the Philippians, Ephesians and Colossians. These books give instructions for living the Christian life, providing encouragement. Following the Gospels, read the essential doctrine from the book of the Romans, where everything began in the book of Genesis and draw encouragement from Psalms that offer wisdom for everything life can throw at you.

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