Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bible Musings (66 in 66 in review)

                 

I have completed reading all 66 books of the Bible in 66 days. As I was going through the journey, I kept track of how long it took to read each book, so I could gauge it for the future. My results are posted below. Not all books are created equal. Each one has different amounts of chapters and all chapters vary in length. The books are different genres of literature, so they don't all read the same (which might explain why it took me longer to read through Genesis than it did to read through Psalms). Sometimes the content and flow of the book merited more (or less) time spent on it in order to digest it. I'm also not a fast reader (I'm probably an "average to slow" reader if you had to put a label on it). That being said, no book took me longer than 4-1/2 hours to read. If you set your mind to reading through the Bible in three months, that's a very doable process (roughly 50 minutes a day), which would allow you to read through it 4 times in a year. I guarantee you it is worth it. God's overarching theme of redemption through Jesus Christ is all the more clear when you read through the entire Bible in short succession.

So, now you know how long it takes to read through the Bible (or at least how long it took me), but no matter how doable the time frame is, there is no substitution for diligence. If you do not set the time aside to read it, you will not read it. If you do not die to yourself and the desires that can pull you away, you will not read it. If you skip a few days and do not press ahead, you will stop and abandon the process. If you forget your goal (to know God and love Jesus more) you will get lost in the duty of it.

Press on, my friends! It is worth it (I learned that in the Bible).

Old Testament
  • Genesis (50 chapters) = 4.5 hours
  • Exodus (40 chapters) = 3.75 hours
  • Leviticus (27 chapters) = 1.5 hours
  • Numbers (36 chapters) = 2.5 hours
  • Deuteronomy (34 chapters) = 2.25 hours
  • Joshua (24 chapters) = 1.75 hours
  • Judges (21 chapters) = 1.5 hours
  • Ruth (4 chapters) = 10 minutes
  • 1 Samuel (31 chapters) = 2.5 hours
  • 2 Samuel (24 chapters) = 2 hours
  • 1 Kings (22 chapters) = 2 hours
  • 2 Kings (23 chapters) = 2.25 hours
  • 1 Chronicles (29 chapters) = 2 hours
  • 2 Chronicles (36 chapters) = 2.25 hours
  • Ezra (10 chapters) = 10 minutes
  • Nehemiah (13 chapters) = 35 minutes
  • Esther (10 chapters) = 25 minutes
  • Job (42 chapters) = 2 hours
  • Psalms (150 chapters) = 4 hours
  • Proverbs (31 chapters) = 2.5 hours
  • Ecclesiastes (12 chapters) = 30 minutes
  • Song of Solomon (8 chapters) = 15 minutes
  • Isaiah (66 chapters) = 3.75 hours
  • Jeremiah (52 chapters) = 3 hours
  • Lamentations (5 chapters) = 15 minutes
  • Ezekiel (48 chapters) = 3 hours
  • Daniel (12 chapters) = 40 minutes
  • Hosea (14 chapters = 40 minutes
  • Joel (3 chapters) = 7 minutes
  • Amos (9 chapters) = 15 minutes
  • Obadiah (1 chapter) = 3 minutes
  • Jonah (4 chapters) = 7 minutes
  • Micah (7 chapters) = 10 minutes
  • Nahum (3 chapters) = 5 minutes
  • Habakkuk (3 chapters) = 5 minutes
  • Zephaniah (3 chapters) = 5 minutes
  • Haggai (2 chapters) = 5 minutes
  • Zechariahs (14 chapters) = 15 minutes
  • Malachi (4 chapters) = 7 minutes
New Testament
  • Matthew (28 chapters) 2.5 hours
  • Mark (16 chapters) 1.75 hours
  • Luke (24 chapters) 2.5 hours
  • John (21 chapters) 2 hours
  • Acts (28 chapters) 2.5 hours
  • Romans (16 chapters) 1.25 hours
  • 1 Corinthians (16 chapters) 1.25 hours
  • 2 Corinthians (13 chapters) 1 hour
  • Galatians (6 chapters) 15 minutes
  • Ephesians (6 chapters) 15 minutes
  • Philippians (4 chapters) 10 minutes
  • Colossians (4 chapters) 10 minutes
  • 1 Thessalonians (3 chapters) 7 minutes
  • 1 Timothy (6 chapters) 15 minutes
  • Titus (3 chapters) 7 minutes
  • Philemon (1 chapter) 2 minutes
  • Hebrews (13 chapters) 30 minutes
  • James (5 chapters) 12 minutes
  • 1 Peter (5 chapters) 12 minutes
  • 2 Peters (3 chapters) 10 minutes
  • 1 John (5 chapters) 12 minutes
  • 2 John (1 chapter) 2 minutes
  • 3 John (1 chapter) 2 minutes
  • Jude (1 chapter) 3 minutes
  • Revelation (22 chapters) 2 hours

3 comments:

  1. WOW ! Great job.

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  2. I'd heard that Bible Baptist was doing this and thought it was a great idea! I'd like to try it sometime. Being in the Word is imperative if we want to be like Jesus!

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  3. I agree, Katelyn. If you want to know Jesus and be like Him, you will know that from the Bible. Definitely do this, Katelyn. You will see things about your God and who He is reading it this way (at least once) that you might have missed otherwise.

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