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July 29, 2004

Well, it took me almost seven months, but tonight I finally finished the Old Testament. I read it from beginning to end, from Genesis to Malachi, from page 1 to page 951, from "In the beginning" to "'with a curse.'"

I found the first two-thirds of the book to be generally more interesting and less confusing than the last third -- all those prophets at the end really start to get repetitive and bewildering to read. At times -- especially towards the end -- I found myself reading in a glazed-over way, but I still feel like I got the gist of the story even when I wasn't reading entirely attentively.

This website was helpful, too: Biblenotes

The New Testament is next... page 955, Matthew, "A record of..."


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Congratulations! That's a big accomplishment. The New Testament will go much faster, I'm sure.

I always choke on the minor prophets, too. One thing that helped a bit was reading a chronological Bible. That way, the prophets are interspersed with the events and people they're writing about.

Wasn't Jeremiah bloody well depressing?

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