Grasp the Bible’s Storyline in a Month

Inspired by this tweet (and using it as a starting point), the goal is to have people do 30 days of reading and grasp the big picture of the bible’s storyline while incorporating diverse elements (psalms, etc.). Ambitious, I know. Ideally, I want this to be done where the person only has to read 17 minutes per day (for the ease of the math below). Clearly that means a lot needs to be omitted, so this is more of a starting off point than the end goal. Given an average reading pace [1] and assuming an average number of words per chapter [2], this means I can choose 180 of the 1,189 chapters of the bible. [3] In other words, this would mean reading 6 chapters per day. If you have any changes within the confines above, feel free to suggest them.

Here is the list (in canonical English order):

  • Genesis 1-4; 6-9; 11-13; 15-17; 21-22; 24-30; 32; 37; 39-46; 49-50
  • Exodus 1-14; 19-20; 40
  • Leviticus 16; 23
  • Numbers 13-14; 16-17
  • Deuteronomy 28; 30
  • Joshua 1-3; 6-8; 10-11; 24
  • Judges 1-2; 19-21
  • 1 Samuel 1-13; 15-20; 31
  • 2 Samuel 1-2; 5-7; 11-15; 18; 24
  • 1 Kings 1-3; 6-8; 11-12; 17; 25
  • Ezra 1-2
  • Nehemiah 2; 4; 6
  • Psalms 1; 119
  • Proverbs 9-10
  • Isaiah 1; 5-6; 11; 28-29; 40; 52-53
  • Haggai 1-2
  • Luke 1-24
  • Acts 1-4; 6-11; 13; 15
  • Ephesians 1-6
  • Rev 21-22

One final observation: the percentage of NT chapters of this list is surprisingly greater than the percentage of NT chapters in Scripture.

Notes

[1] 225 words/minute
[2] Derived by the total number of words in the ESV divided by the total number of chapters; because I am too lazy to do a word count of the chapters I include.
[3] There are 757,439 words in the ESV. Reading at 225 words/min for 17 minutes for 30 days = 225*17*30 = 114,750 words. 114,750/757,439 = .151497 is the decimal of the total number of words read of the bible. 1189*.151497= 180.130347 chapters read. So, we are going with 180 chapters. This means 6 chapters per day.

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