If you missed my post in early January, you may be wondering what’s going on when you check in and find that each day there’s a post on a different book of the Bible. Why am I skipping around? As I read through the Bible in 2011, the plan I’m using designed by Michael Coley (see the right sidebar) varies the daily readings. Here’s an overview:
Sunday: Epistles ◊ Romans–Jude
Monday: The Law ◊ Genesis–Deuteronomy
Tuesday: History ◊ Joshua–Esther
Thursday: Poetry ◊ Job–Song of Solomon
Friday: Prophecy ◊ Isaiah–Malachi, Revelation
Saturday: Gospels ◊ Matthew–John, Acts
The beautiful image to the right gives you a visual overview of the Bible: the number of books in the Bible, the length of each book and each chapter, and the thousands of cross reference connections between the books. I want to encourage you to read through the Bible this year so you can have an overview of the content of the Bible, the Word of God.
Visualizing the Bible® Chris Harrison
In Paul’s farewell to the elders at Ephesus, he said,
“…for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.”
Acts 20:27 (ESV)
You cannot know God’s whole counsel if you have only read part of it. Your eyes can delight in the visual overview of the Bible; this year let your mind and heart delight in a word for word overview of the Bible.
Visualizing the Bible® Chris Harrison. Used by permission. Click the image to enlarge.
This image was named one of the best science images of 2008 in National Geographic News. A poster of the image can be bought at HistoryShots.
“The bar graph that runs along the bottom represents all of the chapters in the Bible. Books
alternate in color between white and light gray. The length of each bar denotes the number of
verses in the chapter. Each of the 63,779 cross references found in the Bible is depicted by a
single arc – the color corresponds to the distance between the two chapters, creating a
ESV: English Standard Version
The link in the top banner, Read the Bible in 2011, gives more details and links to the daily posts.
Original content: Copyright ©2011 Iwana Carpenter