Posted by: alisonwalley | 16 March 2009

What prompted this blog

Here’s where I started in setting up this blog:

Someone at church came up to me and said “Do you know any outlines to read the whole Bible in a year?” Do people think I know these things because I coordinate home (i.e. Bible study) groups? I suppose so. And I kind of knew an answer, but promised to go and find out more, which led to a hunt on the web and on our bookshelves, and then to an article in our church magazine, and then to this…

So, what about reading the whole Bible in a year? You may think that this would be a bit much. But the point is not so much to read it in a year, but to read the whole Bible. So, there are many ways to do it. Some schemes begin with Genesis 1 on 1st January and go through to Revelation 22 on 31st December. I have one such scheme in the back of a Bible I bought a few years ago. The disadvantage is that you have to get through a huge amount of the Old Testament all at once and lots of people get stuck somewhere in the middle of Leviticus. I’m not really sure that’s the best way to do it.

Some schemes alternate Old Testament in the morning and New Testament in the evening. That might mean you reading through the NT twice in a year. Other schemes may try to do it in historic or chronological order (interesting, but I’m not convinced). Check out the Bible Gateway site for a few of these.

If I were asked to draw up a scheme I think I would go for one which alternated Old Testament (OT) and New Testament (NT) and different kind of books. One good one comes from the American Tyndale House, publishers of the New Living Translation (NTL). This has daily readings from OT, NT, a psalm and a few verses from Proverbs. You can find it online at One Year Bible Online, or you can actually buy a One Year Bible (NTL) which has it all arranged in order. The good thing about this scheme is that you don’t have to start on 1st January. If you’re reading the paper version, just bookmark where you got to (and it doesn’t even matter if you miss a day!). If you’re doing it online, you choose what day you start and the program works from there.

All schemes involve quite a lot of reading for each day, but the big advantage is that you do get a really good overview of the whole Bible.

The most famous one-year plan was created by a nineteenth-century Scottish pastor – but more of that next time.



  1. Here is an interesting take on Bible reading in two (possibly one) month, which mixes the books around for variety and aspect. He built it off a desperation for the voice of God in his life and ministry, and envelops it around another unique piece: The Books of the Bible, a no chapter/verse version of Scripture. Hope this helps in your search. Cheers! -Benjamin

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