I. Choose one book of the Bible to "study" over a period of time. (I'd probably recommend a book from the New Testament). Read this one book in multiple translations. Level one might be to commit to reading it in three different translations. Level two might be to commit to reading it in six different translations. Level three might be to commit to reading it in ten different translations. Level four--if anyone is that committed--might be to read it in fourteen translations. There are so MANY places to find the Bible online, that you wouldn't even have to *own* that many different translations.
- English Standard Version (ESV) (2001)
- Holman Christian Standard Bible (2004)
- New International Version (1984), NIV (2010), TNIV (2005)
- New King James Version (1982)
- New American Standard Bible Update (1995) (Original NASB 1971)
- New Living Translation (1996) New Living Translation, Second Edition (2004)
- King James Version
- Contemporary English Version (1995)
- New Revised Standard Version (1990)
- Revised English Bible (1989)
- The Message (2002)
- Revised Standard Version (1946-1977)
- Good News Bible/Today's English Version (1976)
- The Living Bible (1971)
- New Century Version (1987)
- Geneva Bible
- Tyndale New Testament
- Wycliffe New Testament
You might find this site to be of use. Bible Gateway offers twenty-five versions in English. Bible.Logos offers quite a few as well. Including the Lexham English Bible and the NET Bible. And then there is this Online Parallel Bible.
II. Read some theology. Level one: you might commit to reading two theological books. (I'll give a list of suggested topics below.) Level two: you might commit to reading four theological books. Level three: you might commit to reading six theological books. Level four: you might commit to reading ten theological books.
- books about God
- books about the birth, life, death, resurrection of Jesus
- books about the Bible
- books about prayer
- books about worship
- books about church life
- books about missions
- sermon collections (sermon note collections), essay collections
- biographies/memoirs of theologians, preachers, missionaries, etc.
- books about pain, suffering
- books about apologetics
- books about evangelism
- books about end times
Did I leave out a category you think 'fits' for the challenge? Ask me about it, and it might just fit.
Want to sign up for this one? Leave a comment. (It will probably go to comment moderation. But I will approve comments as I have the time.) You don't have to stay committed to a level. (You can read more or less.) Those are just general guidelines.
© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible