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Read through the Bible “Southern Seminary Style”

Tony at Said at Southern Seminary explains his project for winter break: reading through the entire Bible in January.

My favorite Seminary isn’t offering any classes I need this January, so I’ve been looking for a study project. It occurred to me that I could read the entire Bible in a month if I maintained the Southern Seminary reading pace over the winter break. I like to think of it as Bible Reading Southern Seminary Style.

Calculating the figures, he determines that it takes about 2.5 hours a day to read the whole Bible in January, or only 76 minutes per day if you started December 10. If you only want to read the New Testament, you only need to spend 35 minutes a day in January, or 21 minutes if you started December 10.

The poll attached to the post suggests what our web stats indicate: interest in reading the Bible daily crests in January and fades throughout the year. Maybe you’ve tried to read the Bible in a year before and haven’t succeeded. In trying to read a good portion of the Bible by February 1, you can rely on your initial enthusiasm and resolve to almost carry you through—you may find that you’re done before you realize it.

Stephen at the lower case talks about why this compressed approach appeals to him:

if you are like me, each year you may have good intentions of reading the bible all the way through, or at least reading it more. by mid february i am usually so far behind trying to keep up seems futile. well tony has provided a plan that if you can spare a little over an hr. a day (cumulative) we can read the entire bible by jan. 31st if we start on dec. 10th!

Stephen also responds to the “I don’t have an hour a day!” objection by providing practical tips to find extra time in your day to read the Bible.

Via approaching North.

December 12, 2007 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 9:08 am | (4) Comments »


  1. The ESV Blog has an article on “Reading Through the Bible Southern Seminary Style…”

    Trackback by Blog Suffering For December 12, 2007 — December 12, 2007 @ 1:03 pm

  2. This is crazy! Like most I struggle reading through the bible in a year. This guy will read it in a month. Initially it does sound pretty crazy but then like most, there’s a certain enthusiasm in the beginning of the year with…

    Trackback by Read the bible in a month? — December 13, 2007 @ 7:50 am

  3. The Bible Reading Plan: Southern Seminary Style is a challenge to all Christians to read through the entire Bible during the month of January. The author suggests, however, if you start now it will make it easier to finish the Bible by…

    Trackback by Bible Reading Plan: Southern Seminary Style — December 15, 2007 @ 7:45 am

  4. I functionally disappeared the last few weeks. Why? Two final projects (building a robot and a microprocessor and staying up ~60hrs straight at the end to do it), then two weeks of studying/finals. And now I’m home in CT, with no school…

    Trackback by I’m Back! — December 17, 2007 @ 7:42 am

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