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90 Day Bible Reading Plan, Genre-Style: Final Observations

April 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Update:  New Facebook discussion group for the Horner Bible Reading plan and variations on it.

I have now completed reading the Bible in 90 days, Prof. Horner genre style.  Here are just a few insights from recent reading.

To finish the Pentateuch in 90 days (instead of 93 days, two chapters at a time) I scheduled the last several days to read three chapters at a time.  For the most part three chapters of Deuteronomy is okay, but chapter 28 is quite lengthy.  To compensate for the extra reading in Deuteronomy 28 that day, I only read one chapter of Revelation — chapter 21 — and finished Revelation the next day (March 30).

Yet that slight change provided even greater reading parallels for the next day:  reading about the river of life in both Ezekiel 47 and Revelation 22.  Also, John 21:20 and 23 mention Jesus’ return (in Jesus’ words to Peter, if I want him to remain alive until I come…) and then Revelation 22:7 proclaims “Behold, I am coming soon.”  It’s also a way in which we see that John, who did outlive the other apostles, did remain until Jesus’ Revelation concerning His coming again.

Other great reading combinations included Deuteronomy 25:13-25 with Ezekiel 45:10-12, showing God’s continual concern for fairness and justice, even with the practical matters of daily life such as standard weights and measurements.

Next, I’m starting my 8-list modification, from the beginning — a new starting point.  Before, I gradually merged from the original 10-list plan into the current plan.  As always, I’m sure the new readings will be just as good, with more different but good reading parallels and combinations.

Completing the 90-Day Horner Bible Reading Plan

March 24, 2011 Leave a comment

I’m nearing the end of the modified Horner Bible Reading plan for 90 days, now down to 13 chapters per day — and after tomorrow (finishing Malachi) down to 12 chapters.  It’s been fun and interesting, similar to my standard plan in the amount of reading, but always different readings (no lists repeating again) — plus more concentration in the Old Testament.

Reading Nehemiah and Esther together has been interesting — two contrasting views of the same time period (after the Babylonian exile).  Recently I read Zechariah 12 and Revelation 1 together, a great combination since Rev. 1:7 directly references Zechariah 12:10.  Other great reading pairs have included Numbers 14 — where God swears by the truth that the glory of the Lord will fill the earth — a few days after Habakkuk 2:14, and Psalm 145:10-13 on the same day as Revelation 5, the time when Christ begins to take action — the arrival of the Kingdom is near!

Reading Deuteronomy always fits well with the later history, with the frequent reminders to the people of Israel to honor the Lord God and not follow the ways of the nations around them — and the sad result throughout chapters of OT history and prophets, that they did not follow God and that all the consequences that God warned them of indeed came to pass in their later history.

Psalm 119 has great wisdom, as in verse 36, so appropriate along with reading of Gehazi’s greed in 2 Kings 5:19-27.

Hebrews 13:13 (“Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured”) on the same day as Luke 23 is also very fitting.

Modified Horner Bible Reading for 90 Days: The Midpoint

February 16, 2011 5 comments

Update:  New Facebook discussion group for the Horner Bible Reading plan and variations on it.

I have now completed the first half of the modified Horner 90 day Bible reading plan, and the plan has been enjoyable.  The quantity of reading is really not that different from my previous plan (8 list plan with 12 to 14 chapters); in this plan I always read two chapters from the Pentateuch, which sometimes requires more concentration over the more tedious and longer chapters in the latter part of Exodus.

The first month, one third of the schedule, involved longer books, so that by January 30 I had only completed 9 of the 66 books (Genesis, Joshua, Judges, 1 Chronicles, Lamentations, Daniel, Matthew, Acts, and Romans).  Of course, as the schedule indicates, the second month closes in more of the gaps, completing more books — since by this point many of the books are shorter, especially in the minor prophets and New Testament lists.  So at the halfway point through the list, I have completed reading 22 of the 66 books.

This plan definitely has more emphasis on the history and prophets (six chapters total of those sections), and through this am reminded even more so of Israel’s interesting history, from the early days through to the time of the Babylonian captivity, and their continual rebellion marked with occasional high points such as the kingdom under David and Solomon.  2 Chronicles also highlights a few good times when the people responded to God’s word and experienced immediate blessings, as under King Asa.  Even among the prophets I see some parallels and references to other books — such as recent reading in Jeremiah 26:18-19, in which the people recall the days of Micah of Moresheth.  In the other prophets list I am about to start reading Micah’s prophesy as well.

Here are a few other interesting combinations from recent reading:

  • judgments related to nature and crops:  the hailstorm of Egypt (Exodus 9:22-32) and a thunderstorm to destroy the crops of the Israelites when they ask for a king (1 Samuel 12:17).
  • Isaiah 63:12-13, the same day as reading the account in Exodus 14 (crossing the Red Sea)
  • Mark 7:10, the same day as reading the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20

A Bible Reading Plan for 2011: Modified Horner Bible Reading for 90 Days

December 10, 2010 6 comments

Update:  New Facebook discussion group for the Horner Bible Reading plan and modifications including this 90-day reading plan.

At the beginning of 2010 I described a 2010 Bible Reading Challenge with several variations on the Horner Bible Reading System, a genre-based reading through each of several different sections of the Bible.  With such plans you read one or two chapters from each list, for a total of 10 to 14 chapters per day, and read completely through the Bible several times per year.

For most of this year I’ve been doing an eight list plan that includes 12 to 14 chapters per day; the longest list is 125 days.  However, beginning January 1, just for the first three months, I’ll be following a 9-list 90 days plan.

List 1:  Gospels  (89 days) — one chapter per day
List 2:  Pentateuch (90 days) — two chapters per day
List 3:  New Testament (Acts through Revelation) — two chapters per day
List 4:  Job, Proverbs, Ruth, Ecclesiastes — one chapter per day
List 5:  Psalms, Song of Solomon — two chapters per day
List 6:  History Joshua thru 2 Kings (except Ruth), and Esther — two chapters per day
List 7:  History 1-2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah — one chapter per day
List 8:  Major Prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel — two chapters per day
List 9:  Other Prophets–Lamentations, Daniel thru Malachi — one chapter per day

Since this is not an A-to-Z type plan that breaks the reading in the middle of chapters, the lists do not all end on the last day.  Actually, all the lists except List 1 end before March 31, and so the reading gradually tapers off toward the end.  List 9 ends on March 25, and the others end gradually after that.  I made additional adjustments for some especially long chapters, so that where I would normally read two chapters I only read one for those days.  A few examples of these include Psalm 119 split into two days, as well as 1 Kings 7 and 8, Jeremiah 49 through 52, and Ezekiel 39 and 40

You may notice that I put Ruth in List 4 after Proverbs.  I made this adjustment after learning that, at least at one time, the Jewish scriptures placed Ruth after Proverbs — flowing from the Proverbs 31 woman to the godly woman Ruth.

*** Added on 1/3/2011:   A good variation on the reading sequence — instead of reading the lists in the order above, read as follows:

  • List 2 (Pentateuch)
  • Lists 6-7 (History)
  • Lists 8-9 (Prophets)
  • Lists 4 and 5 (wisdom books)
  • List 1 (Gospels)
  • List 3 (New Testament)

Click here to see the actual day-by-day list, in PDF format for printing.