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Many people, upon picking up a Bible for the first time, begin reading in Genesis (the first book) and have great intentions of continuing all the way through Revelation (the last book).  The majority of those who try this method become frustrated and discouraged and discontinue reading within a few weeks.  We’ve developed a 3-Step reading and study plan which will provide a good overall knowledge of the Bible before attempting to read it in its entirety.  In the first step, the reader will become familiar with some of the best known portions of the Bible.  The second step will provide the reader with a good overall view of the Bible.  Finally, the reader will read thru the entire Bible books in a non-consecutive order that will prevent us from getting bogged down.

We suggest that you read The Basics prior to beginning.  Along with your plan, please consult our Bible Reading Tips and the rest of our Bible Interpretation Guide for more effective reading and study.  As always, please send us any comments or suggestions that you might have.

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Reading Plans for Beginners

Sampling Readings

Three plans (that will familiarize the reader with some of the most popular and quoted verses in the Bible.  Each plan will take about 2-3 weeks at one chapter a day.   Plans are “Old Testament”, “New Testament - Life and Teachings of Jesus”, and “New Testament - Birth and Growth of Christianity”.

Overview Readings

These readings cover about 15% of the Scriptures and provide a good overall view of the Bible.  They were also chosen on the basis that most readers should be able to understand a majority with minimal use of commentary notes.  We’ve attempted to roughly arrange the readings in chronological order while also grouping by writer and topic.  The two plans combined will take about 6 months at one chapter a day, or about 3 months at two chapters a day.  For additional Bible overviews, we suggest reading the OT at a Glance and NT at a Glance.  We also suggest reading Irenaeus’ Rule of Faith, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Westminster Shorter Catechism concurrently with these plans.

First Time Through the Bible

Intro to Reading Thru the Bible for the First Time

By reading the books in this suggested order, you will quickly acquire a detailed overview of the entire bible, then fill in the blanks with the remaining books.

First Year Reading Plan

The daily readings for reading thru the Bible for the first time.

One Year Bible Reading Plan

Intro to Reading Thru the Bible in a Year

A more traditional plan - Reading the OT, NT, Psalms and Proverbs simultaneously.

Read thru the Entire Bible in a Year

The daily readings for the year.

Two Year Bible Reading Plan

Intro to the Two Year Reading Plan

This plan takes the reader thru the OT once, and the NT, Psalms and Proverbs twice in a two year period.

Two Year Reading Plan

The daily readings for the two year plan.  With this plan, you’ll cover the entire Old Testament once, and the New Testament plus the OT books of Psalms and Proverbs twice over a two year period.

Advanced Bible Reading Plans

Advanced Reading Plans

Customizable plans for experienced readers

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