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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

Horner Bible Reading System: Further Enhancements

August 21, 2010 Leave a comment

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

My current Bible reading, as I’ve mentioned a few times before, consists of eight lists, some of which have two chapters at a time:

List 1:  Gospels, 1 or 2 chapters per day, 71 days
List 2:  Pentateuch, 1 or 2 chapters per day, 115 days
List 3:  Epistles (Romans thru Jude), 2 chapters per day, 60 days
List 4:  Job and Proverbs, 1 chapter per day, 73 days
List 5: Psalms, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon — 2 chapters per day, 85 days
List 6: Old Testament History, 2 chapters per day, 124 days
List 7:  Prophets, 2 chapters per day, 125 days
List 8:  Acts + Revelation, 1 chapter per day, 50 days

This list has brought about some good reading sets, such as the time recently when List 7 included Joel 1 and 2, followed by Acts 2 in the next list.  But then I started looking at the “lowest common multiple” factor, and realized that two of the list combinations will repeat and re-align within less than a year.  Lists 7 and 8 match up every 250 days, or every other time through the prophets list.  Lists 3 and 8 match up every 300 days — every 5th time through the epistles.  Not that many different combinations after all, at least for those three sets of readings.  A useful tool for calculating the lowest common multiples:  the Microsoft Excel LCM function, a quick way to experiment with different list lengths and find out how often the lists will re-align with each other.

After considering greater changes to Lists 3 and 8, but preferring the overall setup, I opted for a fairly minor change that will increase the “lowest common multiple” factor from 250-300 days, to several years of different reading combinations:  shift the length of lists 3 and 8 a few days, by moving 2 Peter and Jude from the general epistles list to the Acts+Revelation list (in-between Acts and Revelation in the sequence). After this change, list 3 is 58 days, and List 3 is 54 days.  It’s an arbitrary shift, though I did consider the content of the different books in coming up with this change:  2 Peter does relate to Acts (the apostle Peter), and also relates a great deal to eschatology and the Second Coming.  Jude — which comes just before Revelation in the canon for a reason, as Mark Hitchcock has put it — has similar content to 2 Peter 2, and warns about future apostasy and false teachers.  Since I only recently read 2 Peter and Jude (in list 3), I’ll implement this change in a few months on a subsequent reading through the epistles.