My Adjustments to Prof Horner’s Bible Reading Plan

January 7, 2012 — 4 Comments

Previously, I’ve mentioned I wanted to take part in the 3650 challenge. It fits in with my resolution to grow in my knowledge of Scripture. However, the more I thought about Prof Horner’s layout, and after my new friend Larry pointed it out, I decided to make some adjustments to the reading flow.

As it stood, here’s what Prof Horner has you do for his 10 chapter a day plan:

  • The Gospels (89 day cycle)
  • The Pentateuch (187 day cycle)
  • Romans-Colossians + Hebrews (78 day cycle)
  • The rest of the NT epistles + Revelation (65 day cycle)
  • Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon (62 day cycle)
  • Psalms (150 day cycle)
  • Proverbs (31 day cycle, or monthly)
  • The OT historical books (249 day cycle)
  • The OT Prophets (250 day cycle)
  • Acts (28 day cycle)

Everyday, you read 1 chapter from each list. Once you’ve finished the cycle, you restart it so that you really will never read the same 10 chapters a day. Larry pointed out that there is a certain prioritization in the way these lists are laid out, and whether or not you agree with it, you ought to at least realize it. The more I considered it, I decided that while I liked the 10 chapters a day, I didn’t like the prioritization/ordering of the lists. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it, I just wanted to focus my attention in a different way while still spending a fair amount of time reading Scripture every day this next year. This might violate the “try it for a month” suggestion, but hey, I’m still doing the 3650 challenge.

Anyway, here’s how I adjusted it:

  • Genesis – 2 Chronicles (2 chapters a day, 218 day cycle)
  • Job, Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, Song of Solomon (2 chapters a day, 46 day cycle)
  • Psalms (1 chapter a day, 150 day cycle)
  • The Prophets (2 chapters a day, 125 day cycle)
  • Matthew, Mark, John, Luke-Acts, Revelation (2 chapters per day, 69 day cycle)
  • Romans-Jude (1 chapter per day, 121 day cycle)

In total then, you’re reading 7 chapters in the OT a day, and 3 chapters in the new. In the NT, you have a ratio of 2-1 in narrative to epistle. In the OT, it’s tricky because depending on where you are in the prophets, it’s either narrative or poetry. For the most part though, you’re spending more time in the history and prophets than you are in the wisdom literature, but you get a fair amount of poetic literature on a daily basis. I’m trying to keep with the original (or at least older) ordering of the Hebrew Bible that has a story-commentary-story structure to it, as well as spend more time in the parts of Scripture that I don’t naturally read (i.e. only one chapter in the epistles a day because I’m already pretty familiar with that section of the NT).

I wasn’t sure with Prof Horner’s plan whether you read the lists in order of number, or if you move through Scripture starting with your Genesis chapter and then ending in the last Pauline epistle. With this one though, you read in the list shown above, and if you so desire, since you end in an epistle chapter you could ruminate there a little longer.

So far I’ve liked it better, but I may tinker a bit more. I’ll keep you posted though either way.


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4 responses to My Adjustments to Prof Horner’s Bible Reading Plan

  1. I like how you threw Proverbs back into the rest of the wisdom Lit and then Acts back with the gospels and coupled it with Luke. If you did that and simply doubled up on OT history and prophecy, you could get through the whole Bible twice in one year. Although I’m back and forth on whether that should be the goal.

    • I might have to try that, but I agree, I’m not sure whether to shoot for that as a goal, or simply adopt this as a plan for reading Scripture without any view toward how many times I get through certain sections

  2. Do you know of any Bible reading plan that would include New Testament/Old Testament corresponding passages? What I have in mind is what Jesus did in Luke 24:27 where he showed them through the OT how he fulfilled them. My OT knowledge is woefully inadequate and I feel like that would help me get a better grasp of both the Old and the New testament much better. This would seem to accomplish devotional ends (seeing Jesus daily) through volume reading means. Any suggestions?

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