Reading the Bible in 2017

The Bible, to me, is a formidable piece of literature, having survived a long censorship history.

When I was young with a lot of free time, I voluntarily read the entire Old Testament of my cousin’s Bible that has eye-friendly text and stick figures for illustrations. It was covered with black leather and when opened, it was about half a meter in length. I would spread it on my study table and read it after school, in the evenings. I finished the Old Testament in less than two weeks.

This is my way of saying that I found the Bible a highly interesting piece of literature. I’m not surprised to discover that, with all its simplistic descriptions about gory situations and punishments, it was once (or for that matter, a lot of times been) banned. In fact, in the book, 100 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature by Nicholas J. Karolides, Margaret Bald and Dawn B. Sova, the Bible has a very – with emphasis on very – long censorship history.

(This above text is an excerpt from my old post, Did you know that the Bible was once upon a time a banned book? on my now defunct blog, www.nancycudis.com.)

Operation Deepen FaithBecause of my fascination with the Bible, I’ll be reading it again, this time from Genesis to Revelations, including the hymns and prayers, with the help of the 2017 Operation Deepen Faith hosted by Becky at Operation Actually Read Bible. I found her through Risa at The Next Chapter, a favorite blog I’ve followed in the past and following again now that I’m back to blogging.

Like Risa, I’ll be following the Legacy Reading Plan. I prefer no set daily readings. Set monthly readings are fine; they can help me focus. My husband already promised to buy me a bigger bible with friendly fonts because of my eyesight. I also downloaded the YouVersion Bible app as my support.

Becky also encourages participants to read Christian non-fiction books. For some time, I’ve been meaning to read my 1964 copy of The Hidden Stream by Msgr. Ronald A. Knox. It’s an anthology of “essays on the enduring truths of the Faith considered in the light of today’s challenges”.

I’m looking forward to the reading experience.