It's December, which on most book blogs means setting up reading challenges and goals for the new year. Last week I set up the one reading challenge I will continue from 2015, Reading My Own Damn Books (#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks). An attack on the TBR books I own, which I am looking forward to. However, another reading activity caught my eye and I am posting to join. Adam at Roof Beam Reader is hosting a year long read-a-long of the Bible as Literature.
I've read the Bible beginning to end three times, only once was within a one year period. Having grown up in church, I've also read the Bible in part multiple times. My reading has followed different reasons and met different needs over the years, but in the past decade as a teacher, reading the Bible as literature has become important. Fiction alludes to biblical stories and teachings more than any other work besides Shakespeare. Understanding the Bible's stories and characters on a literary level leads to deeper understanding of literary works, allusion or not. Thus my interest in Roof Beam Reader's read-a-long.
You can read here for details on his postings and some regulations he has in place for discussion, but below I've included his reading schedule to give you an idea of what it takes to read the Bible in a year. It's the hardest thing I've ever done reading-wise. I'm not promising I'll keep up the whole time or post consistently, but even when I fall behind I will be reading Adam's posts, gleaning readers' observations, and joining in when I have my own.
The Reading Plan
• January: Genesis 1 through Exodus 40
• February: Leviticus 1 through Deuteronomy 4
• March: Deuteronomy 5 through 1 Samuel 17
• April: 1 Samuel 18 through 1 Chronicles 2
• May: 1 Chronicles 3 through Esther 10
• June: Job 1 through Psalms 89
• July: Psalms 90 through Isaiah 17
• August: Isaiah 18 through Ezekiel 8
• September: Ezekiel 9 through Zechariah 14
• October: Malachi 1 through Luke 18
• November: Luke 19 through 1 Corinthians 8
• December: 1 Corinthians 9 through Revelations 22
If you care to join us, or even just peek at what everyone has to say here and there, sign up on the linky at the end of his post or subscribe to Adam's blog. Also, he is hosting a similar Shakespeare reading event for 2016, as important to understanding literature as the Bible, the link of which is at the end of his post as well.