Read Thru the Bible in with J. & Wayne
Thu., May. 16. 2019 12:49pm EDT
J. Jackson, lead singer and lyricist for ApologetiX here again.
I just finished reading the New Testament again on Monday. I started another trip through the Bible on Wednesday. This time around, I thought I'd let you know what and when I'll be reading in case you'd care to join me.
I announced that in our weekly email on Tuesday, and we got quite a few responses from fans who want to participate. Unfortunately, some of our fans don't get the weekly email, so I'm repeating it for everybody in the newsletter.
ApX guitarist Wayne Bartley, who mixes all of our parodies, informed me this morning that he will also be reading along with us.
There's still time, if you want to climb aboard. You just have to reach six chapters the first day instead of three to keep pace, because today we read Genesis 4-6.
We can read through the whole Bible in less than a year if we just do about three chapters a day, except Psalms. The Psalms are shorter and more plentiful, so we'll do 10 of those a day when we get to them. I do it this way every year, and it takes about 355 days.
We'll usually end on a chapter number that's a multiple of three. If we get to a book that has one chapter more than a multiple of three, we'll read four chapters on the last day of that book. If it has two chapters more than a multiple of three, we'll read only two chapters on that day.
For example, Genesis has 50 chapters, so we'll read the first 48 chapters in 16 days, then read two chapters on the 17th day. Exodus has 40 chapters, so we'll read the first 36 chapters in 12 days, then read four chapters on the 13th day.
What about the five books that are one chapter long and the book that's two chapters long? When we get to the last three chapters of Amos, we'll also read Obadiah (one chapter) the same day. When we read Titus (three chapters), we'll also read Philemon (one chapter).
And the way the numbers fall, the other three one-chapter books all come in a row, so we'll read 2 John, 3 John, and Jude on the same day. Haggai is the only two-chapter book in the Bible, so it gets a day to itself.
If that's too hard for you to follow, don't worry; I plan to list the upcoming readings in each newsletter.