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Professor Horner’s 10-List Bible Reading Plan

March 25, 2009

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This week I started Grant Horner’s Bible Reading Plan for 10 lists, with some modifications into a 12-list plan.

Note:  Update to a valid link — this link shows the full description from Grant Horner.

I’ve been reading through the Bible regularly since the early 1990s, within a few years after I was saved. I don’t remember exactly when I started “read the Bible” plans, though in my early Christian days I just read and read from different passages of the Bible. The first plan I took from the suggested reading in the “Our Daily Bread” devotional, and even cut and pasted all the monthly listings onto a sheet of paper. In the modern Internet age, for several years I’ve done parts of two different e-mail plans, as mentioned in this previous blog.

Horner’s plan, modified from a Chick tract, includes reading from ten different lists, a chapter a day. Each list is of a different length, and when you reach the end of a list, you go back to the beginning of that list.

The lists are:

  • The Pentateuch (Genesis through Deuteronomy)
  • OT History (Joshua through Esther)
  • Psalms
  • Proverbs
  • Wisdom books (Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs)
  • Major and minor prophets (Isaiah through Malachi)
  • The Gospels
  • Acts
  • Major Epistles (Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Hebrews)
  • Other NT (1-2 Thessalonians, 1-2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, James, 1-2 Peter, 1-2-3 John, Jude, Revelation)

He lists them in a different order, but I’ve found that this chronological order works best for me. The plan is also very flexible and can be modified. Like a few others, I found that the history and prophets lists were too long — 250 days to get through the full lists. So I divided the Prophets readings into the Major and Minor prophets, and for next time through will put Daniel at the top of the minor prophets list–to even out the two lists as much as possible. At first I thought 10 chapters would be too much, and had shifted Acts to the end of the gospel list.

Reading 10 chapters a day really doesn’t take that long, especially when I have all the bookmarks in the correct places in my Bible, so I added an 11th list with Acts — and Revelation, from another person’s suggested change. Next I divided the history books into two nearly equal lists, one of history up through David (Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1-2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles), and the other for history after David (1-2 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther). I’ve set it up as an Excel template and calendar to help keep track of the readings.

So far I’m enjoying it, now on my third day. The 12 different readings bring out a lot of overall Bible themes as I jump through different time periods of God’s unfolding redemptive plan. I’ll be journaling my observations from the readings here, so stay tuned.

  1. January 27, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Can you make your Excel program available? I have been using the Prof’s “system” and like you would prefer to read from the OT to the NT. Thanks for the info.


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