Day 02 – A book that you wish more people had read

February 4, 2011 at 9:30 pm 2 comments

I mostly agree with Captain Tightpants on this one.  The Holy Bible is probably the most referenced and least read collection of books ever written.  The sixty-six books composing the old and new testament encompass fifteen hundred years of directly recorded history (Moses through the Apostle Paul) as well as the events recorded by Moses that occurred before his birth.  Often dismissed as the rantings of ignorant shepherds, the books were recorded by the scribes of kings, rabbis and the more learned men of their times.  Being able to read and write was, after all, quite a rare skill in those days.  Dismissing these men outright is no more honest as dismissing Aristotle or that 17th century alchemist, Sir Isaac Newton.

However, as one who has read many but not all of those sixty-six books, I know how daunting such a task may be.  Even using modern translations, the multitude of characters and intricate histories can sometimes be tedious or overwhelming.  So which specific book should be the focus?

Psalms is a wonderful collection of prayer and poetry, and Proverbs is packed with timeless wisdom while Numbers can be an effective sleep aid.

As a Christian, I gravitate to the new testament for the Gospel of Christ and of the four, I would recommend the Book of Mark.

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2 Comments

  • 1. Justin  |  February 11, 2011 at 5:22 am

    As a Christian, I am constantly reading and rereading all different parts of the Bible, and I am constantly surprised by it. I’ve read it cover to cover several times, but every time I read it, something new and interesting jumps out. I never took a “Bible as Literature” class, but I’d imagine it would be a fascinating class.

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