What Bible reading does for the reader:
There are many different ways we can read God's Word. No matter the way, the benefits are great! Here are just 24 Ways To Benefit From Meditating on Scripture. Today, I want to encourage you to consider reading the Bible in chronological order, and here's why.
Chronological Order versus Canonical Order
All of God's Word is inspired (2 Timothy 3:16), but the order of the books of the Bible is not. The order of the books of the Bible is arranged by men. There is no divinely inspired order of the books of the Bible. In fact, the order of the books of the Bible differs between the Bible of the Hebrew, the Catholic, the Protestant, and the Eastern Orthodox. If one were to use a standard Bible and start reading in Genesis and read book-by-book in order to Revelation, they would be reading the Bible in canonical order.
The standard order of the books of most Bibles today is the canonical order:
To place the books of the Bible in chronological order three kinds of rearranging must be done:
A Tool for Chronological Order of Book Authorship Bible Reading
If you would like to read through God's Word in chronological order of book authorship, do what I am doing. I’m using this Bible Reading Itinerary. It begins with the book of Job. Did you know that Genesis is not the first book written in the Bible?
This lovely, 12-month, self-guided (or group-guided) Bible reading itinerary gently leads the reader on a journey through the Bible in chronological order of book authorship. If you haven't read God’s Word in this order, you're in for a real treat! The itinerary gives readers a unique perspective of the Bible. Make your plans to read through God’s Word by downloading this resource today! The itinerary is great for new believers and for those established in the faith as well.
Benefits of Chronological Bible Reading
Reading the Bible in chronological order has two important benefits not found using other reading methods:
Tools for Chronological Bible Reading
There are three types of tools available to anyone interested in reading the Bible chronologically:
Reading the Bible Chronologically
Have you ever read through the Bible in chronological order of book authorship? If so, how was your experience?
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