I picked up a Gideons Holy Bible – the full Old and New Testament version (because why go with just half of the book?) and will hopefully be able to read it before summer is done. The Gideons challenge that if you read 3 chapters a day (~12 minutes, they’re short) and 5 on Sunday you’ll finish in a year… so it’s a bit longer than most books.
This is the New American Standard Version, so all the “thou, thee, and thy”s are gone, but the message and stories are the same.
I’m currently almost halfway through Genesis (one of the longer books), and will try to write up a summary/commentary on most of the books as I get through them.
So far I enjoyed Gen 2:5-6
Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not sent rain upon earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground.
But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground.
Man, its pretty awesome that God installed a sprinkler system when he created the Earth. I bet that came in helpful “in the beginning”.
All jokes aside, I read this as I would any other story book, I do not believe it is the Word of God, but merely stories written by men. It is one of the great works of mankind however, and as has been reported, the bestseller of all time (especially when its free!) I highly doubt this will convert me to Judaism, or Christianity, but will give me a better insight into both. After this I might try to get the Koran too, but that might be a ways off.
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