Another marathon session this week, mainly because these couple of books are a lot easier to read than the repetitive crap in the Pentateuch. I made it all the way from the tail end of Judges through Ruth (which is admittedly a very small Bible book) and through both books of Samuel.
The more I read the Bible, the more I realise that it is basically a badly written, repetitive novel full of abuse, bad sex and characters I hate. In essence, it feels like reading Fifty Shades of Grey all over again. Still, this is the book that several major religions have based their faith on, so I shall persevere!
(I believe there is one reason for doing this project which I may not have mentioned before, which is my firm belief that you cannot condemn something if you have not tried it. I loathe baked beans and custard, but I have reached this conclusion after first having eaten them. I think Fifty Shades of Grey is possibly the worst book/trilogy I have ever read, but I have read it. Any opinion is only valid if it is informed, so I am informing myself.)
Part four of my project, and I’m still within the Pentateuch. Unsurprising, I suppose, since these five books make up a good part of the Old Testament. To illustrate, Genesis starts on page 9 of my Bible, and Deuteronomy finishes on page 182. The Old Testament finishes on page 792, so the Pentateuch covers 23% of the whole.
When I finished last week we had just counted the important people (read: men) of the Israelite people, so let’s venture further into Numbers this week.
Part three already, and I appear to have worked my way through all of Leviticus in one week. Before I get to that, however, I wanted to have a brief look at the etymology of the Bible books covered so far. I have always been very interested in the origins of words, so while the books of the Old Testament have been floating around in my head for decades (I had to learn them by rote as a child), I never really thought about what they meant.
Part two of my Bible-reading project, and I’ve moved on from Genesis to Exodus. Where Genesis is known for the creation story, Exodus is of course known for the, well, exodus of the Israelite people from Egypt to be led to the promised land. But first we have to finish Genesis, and find out why the Israelites were in Egypt in the first place…
A week later than intended, but here it finally is: part one of my Bible reading project. Today’s post will only cover a small part, mainly because the week in which I read this section was shorter than usual due to a holiday. That said, there was plenty to comment on…
Goodness, is that the year? My Christmas hiatus has ended up being nearly a month and a half. Oops.
Well, if I have any readers left, I would like to bid you welcome to this new year, in which I am going to attempt to read the Bible all the way from Genesis to Revelations. I announced this previously, in this post, but let’s put down some more detail.