A few years ago, I decided that I was going to read the entire Bible in a year. I may have gotten all the way to Judges before I quit… and that’s after I skipped Leviticus and possibly part of Numbers as well.
When I came to college, I realized I didn’t know half of what I thought I did. New Testament? I knew most of the stories, but don’t ask me about any specifics or where a certain piece of Scripture was located.
When it came to the Old Testament, it was even worse. I knew some of the major stories. Adam and Eve sinned and were thrown out of the Garden. Joseph had a mulitcolored robe, got thrown into slavery, and then became Pharaoh’s right-hand man. Moses was a Hebrew who “became” an Egyptian and led the Hebrew slaves out of Egypt. The Israelites wandered for 40 years. Joshua fought the battle ’round Jericho, and the walls came tumbling down. In a later battle, David killed Goliath. There were a lot of people who served as Judges. Sodom and Gomorrah were full of sin. Different people prophesied about the coming of the Messiah.
That is about the extent of my knowledge of 39 books and 800+ pages of Old Testament. Pathetic, especially for someone who grew up “Christian” and goes to a Christian University.
During Spring Break, I read through the entire New Testament, and now, during this summer, I’ll be reading through all of the Old Testament.
I quit once, but now, I’m going to start again.