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New Testament reading group
Per this post in the God Pill thread, I've been wanting to do some kind of Bible read-through as an inveterate atheist/agnostic who's exploring Christianity and wishes to benefit from some of the more religiously read of this forum.

Rather than labor over the decision, I've put together a 21-week reading schedule that goes through the whole of the New Testament. If that gets some insightful convo, maybe we can do more.

Here's the reading schedule. Every Sunday, start reading the book and passages indicated and we'll discuss it throughout the week. We'll start this coming week with the first half of the book of Matthew.

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Week starting    Reading
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February 16      Matthew 1-14
February 23      Matthew 14-28
March 1          Mark
March 8          Luke 1-11
March 15         Luke 12-24
March 22         John 1-11
March 29         John 12-21
April 5          Acts 1-14
April 12         Acts 14-28
April 19         Romans
April 26         1 Corinthians
May 3            2 Corinthians
May 10           Galatians, Ephesians
May 17           Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians
May 24           1 Timothy, 2 Timothy
May 31           Titus, Philemon, Hebrews
June 7           James
June 14          1 Peter, 2 Peter
June 21          1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude
June 28          Revelation 1-10
July 5           Revelation 11-22
02-15-2020 12:58 AM
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Pace seems reasonable. Though it'll probably hard to do this virtually instead of through an in-person group.

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02-15-2020 10:32 AM
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RE: New Testament reading group
Which bible will you be reading?

For a long time now I've been telling myself I need to read the Bible cover-to-cover but never got around to it - thanks for starting this thread.

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02-15-2020 10:34 AM
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RE: New Testament reading group
(02-15-2020 10:34 AM)ed pluribus unum Wrote:  Which bible will you be reading?

For a long time now I've been telling myself I need to read the Bible cover-to-cover but never got around to it - thanks for starting this thread.

I favor the King James version, but that's largely because the denomination I grew up in used it. I also like the Shakespearean language, although it's likely not a good reflection of the very simple, everyday Greek in which the New Testament was written.

Translations do matter. I used to do Bible study with my wife with her Catholic Bible in Spanish. Some specific passages were wildly different from what I remembered from the KJV.

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02-15-2020 11:10 AM
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RE: New Testament reading group
Personally I'm reading the New King James Version (NKJV) since I have a physical copy of that (with helpful footnotes and context) and when possible I prefer physical copies over eBooks or especially traditional screens. I'm very interested in comparing versions, though. Places like Bible Gateway are good for that. I also saw a site once with the translation up top and word-by-word or term-by-term original Greek or Hebrew at the bottom so you could research an individual word. Kinda like this but better designed. Have not found it since.

I agree an in-person group is better, and I'm planning on doing this with some friends as well, but figured this was a good place to start as there are some well-read people on here and even after we're done the conversation could be a good resource for people to refer to later (if this place isn't SEO-shadow-banned).
02-15-2020 02:29 PM
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Oh yeah, and I likewise prefer the "thous" and "withers" of the KJV, gives it a feeling of ancientness even though I know it's just a translation reflecting the language at that arbitrary place and time. NKJV doesn't have that, but I'll manage.
02-15-2020 02:31 PM
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RE: New Testament reading group
Around Christmas time I started reading through the New Testament. Initially I just was going to read the nativity stories, but then I figured why stop there. I had previously read a few of the Gospels maybe 10 years ago, so I thought it a good time to revisit it. I've been doing 2 chapters in the morning when waking up and 2 chapters before going to bed. For me at least, if I read too much at a time I can start to lose focus, so these small blocks help me concentrate on what I'm reading.

I started with the Gospel of John. I was much more familiar with the synoptic Gospels, so I wanted to start with John in case I lost focus and didn't finish like I planned. After John, I read Mark. Most scholars seem to agree that Mark was the earliest written Gospel and that Matthew and Luke both use Mark as a source. Whether that's true or not, I don't know, but Mark is the shortest Gospel and there are only 2 small passages that are unique and do not tell a story not also found in Matthew or Luke. I read Matthew next, which having read them all now was the Gospels I most enjoyed reading. Lastly I read Luke. The author of Luke is the same as the author of the Acts of the Apostles, which I read next, so by reading in this order I kept some of the continuity.

I already had pretty decent knowledge of the information in most of the Gospels, as my parents are conservative Catholics and I went to Catholic schools my whole life. I had never read any of the epistles before, although at church the second reading would often come from the epistles. In the New Testament, the traditional order of the epistles is longest to shortest. In the Bible I am reading, there is a brief 2 page introduction to the epistles in which it lists the presumed chronology in which the epistles were written. I'm starting with the epistles written by Paul. So far I've read Thessalonians 1 and 2, Corinthians 1 and 2, and Galatians. I'm currently about 3/4 of the way through Romans.

Lurking this forum is another thing that probably inspired me to read through the New Testament. I only made an account here at the beginning of this month. If I am honest, my faith itself is not very strong, and I have many doubts, but I feel reading the New Testament has been a very positive experience regardless. It is something I would highly recommend to all whatever your religious beliefs.
02-15-2020 02:35 PM
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