Friday, December 8, 2017

Targets

People often ask, Where should I start to read the Hebrew Bible?

Ha! If there ever was a loaded question that's it. Why should you read, why would you want to, what will we do with the choices, all bound up in a 'where should I start' question.

I am now looking for a lottery on where will I finish. Even one on the odds of finishing. C'mon bookmakers, do a lottery and give me a cut. Somehow, I doubt it.

But here's the chapters left by book. So how will I finish - with a gradual sweep or a book at a time?

Book chapters left
Dec 12
out of 
Torah Genesis 25 50
Exodus 8 40
Leviticus 7 27
Numbers 16 36
Deuteronomy 6 34
Former Prophets Joshua 9 24
Judges 16 21
1 Samuel 18 31
2 Samuel 18 24
1 Kings 10 22
2 Kings 9 25
Later Prophets Isaiah 28 66
Jeremiah 20 52
Ezekiel 28 48
Other Daniel 9 12
Ezra 7 10
Nehemiah 11 13
1 Chronicles 21 29
2 Chronicles 19 36

So far I have done specific groups of books completely. I think it was important to have begun with the Psalms, and to have done the five scrolls. I think Deuteronomy should be completed. I suspect it is another key to the formation of the history. Samuel, Kings and Chronicles will support each other. As one chapter is done, its parallel passages will be guessed. The final section lags the others.

Overall, both more and less detail at once:
Books Chapters Verses by vs Chapters 'Done' Verses compl ch Words compl ch weeks left % 'done' by ch
1 Torah 187 5853 25% 125 3847 52943 16.7 66.8%
2 Former Prophets 147 4317 19% 67 1902 30827 20.1 45.6%
3 Later Prophets 166 3928 17% 90 1911 29184 16.8 54.2%
4 The 12 67 1050 5% 67 1050 14357 0.0 100.0%
5 Books of Truth 223 4512 19% 223 4512 34841 0.0 100.0%
6 The 5 Scrolls 39 745 3% 39 745 10118 0.0 100.0%
7 Other 100 2791 12% 33 742 11252 17.1 33.0%
Totals 929 23196 100% 644 14,709 183,522 70.7 69.3%