Have you read the entire Bible?

Discussion in 'Recommended Reading' started by Blake Bowden, Feb 22, 2010.

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Have you read the entire Bible?

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  2. No, but working on it

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  3. No, my VSL isn't the Holy Bible

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  4. No

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  1. jjjjjggggg

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    Use to read the bible through all the way once a year when I was a Christian.

    I've read the Koran (didn't like it), lots of Jewish side texts and rabbinical thought, lots of buddhist texts (favorite being the kalama, metta, and heart sutras).

    I've read a lot of samurai texts, miyamoto mushashi's book of five rings my favorite, as well as the bushidoshoshinshu).

    Recently I've been into taoist texts, my two most favorite being brian browne walkers translation of the hua hu ching and wei wu wei ching... these being the two I pull most of my spiritual inspiration from.


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  2. goomba

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  3. BryanMaloney

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    I heartily suggest that one read the Bible from start to finish, in order. It has been given a particular order, why refuse to use that order? Why do people prefer all these schemes and "methods". Yes, that means you hop around from "subject to subject". LIFE hops around from "subject to subject". Yes, it means that things tend to repeat in "odd" orders. So does life. Yes, it means that things "pop up out of nowhere" or even "don't come in a logical order". SO DOES LIFE. Scripture is not a novel, to be read and put away. Read it, re-read it from start to finish, in order. Don't abandon thematic study, but if you are "reading" it, then read it as it is, don't cut it up into paper dolls and read it in someone else's order. Read the Bible in the Bible's order. It will be hard. It will be confusing. So is life.
     
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  4. eXillmatic

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    Well said, I've always been a supporter of thematic reading methods, but only after one has already read the bible cover to cover. They are very helpful for focusing on related events, but it still feels "correct" to me to read from cover to cover.
     
  5. Thegentlesoldier

    Thegentlesoldier Registered User

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    I've read the OT 3 times and the NT. 5 times. Each time I learn more. I've taken classes on Old Testament History and New Testament History at Missouri Baptist University. I've learned so much during the re-reading of it.
    We teach the importance of the word inculcate, I do stress the meaning in my Lodge. How many other Brothers instill the value of 'learning through repetition'?


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  6. Garrettsdaddy

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    Yes several times, when I was a teenager I wanted so bad to become a Minister, I let my father talk me out of it

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  7. jrmorgan919

    jrmorgan919 Registered User

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    Yes and other VSLs


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  8. wgarciarivera

    wgarciarivera Registered User

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    Yes I have


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  9. masonicdove

    masonicdove Registered User

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    Yes


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  10. promason

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    yes,yes,continue,every day,every day,yes,yes,
     
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  12. promason

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    blessed and enlighted beginning of week everyone,always honoured and proud to be here,always,always,thanks everyone,yes,yes,yep,
     
  13. Tom Jr.

    Tom Jr. Registered User

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    Yep


    Spes mea in Deo est
     
  14. Flatworlder

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    Glad I stumbled on this posting. I was thinking what book do I want to read next..
    What better Book to read then the BOOK of all Books..
    all 66 books.. that comprise the book.. or is it 73? No matter..
    The Book..
     
  15. BroBook

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    It is actually 70 the book of psalms is really five Book!!!


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  16. admarcus1

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    There is no single order. While very similar, Catholic and Protestant Bibles have differences, different editions over the years have changed. The Jewish Bible, or Tanakh, is not identical to the Christian Old Testament.


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  17. BroBook

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    Yes, that was really his overall point "I" think read translation you are reading in the order that the compilers put it unless you are studying a particular subject, and in closing there are way more "Books"
    someone said "If all the things he had begun to do and teach were written I suppose there would not be enough room"


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  18. dfreybur

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    When I found a siding page translation Tanakh I compared the list of books against a King James version. It's convenient how good books like this appear in the storage chamber under the altar at lodge when a new body starts meeting in your building. ;^) I did not see any differences in the tables of contents. Did I not compare the lists closely enough or do you refer to the translation? I've read the New Testament all the way through in I think 3 translations and read various parts of the Old Testament in various translations.
     
  19. admarcus1

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    I got my facts a little confused. A number of the books in the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Bible used by Jews and early Christians, were later removed by Jews as being historical rather than divine. Eventually, they were separated out of the Old Testament and became the Apocrypha, and were usually published as part of the KJV, but apparently not anymore. I believe these books, or at least some of them, are still part if Catholic and Orthodox bibles.

    Translations are definitely different, and within Judaism, you will find a number I'd different translations with varying levels if acceptance. Not too much is made if those differences in religious circles since we read and study in Hebrew.

    Thanks for fact checking me, Brother! A lot of years of religious education has left me a little too sure of myself. Never hurts to be proven wrong from time to time.


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  20. BroBook

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    You read Hebrew, (cool)!!! Have not received enough patience yet to learn a second language, still trying to master english after 55 years!!!


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