Two Year Bible Reading Plan

 


 

This plan is designed to cover ALL of Scripture, with most readings being sequentially through the various books, while, at the same time, having selected relevant readings for important dates on the Church Calendar, such as Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, and Trinity Sunday. This latter component is designed to highlight and emphasize various aspects of Christ’s life and ministry. The plan includes the following components:

  • The Psalms are appointed through completely five times over the two-year program, following a 146-day schedule, so that on most days only one psalms is appointed, though on occasions, two shorter psalms which are contiguous are appointed on the same day to allow for the 146-day cycle. Psalm 119 is divided into five sections according to the manner it was appointed for reading in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. This division allows one to use the many available recordings of the psalms being chanted or sung using the Coverdale translation. As the plan is designed to be used by all Christians, the different numbering of the Psalms used by Catholic and Orthodox Christians is shown in brackets after the number used by Protestants.
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  • The Proverbs are read daily in short selections over a full calendar year, so that they are read through twice over the course of the two-year plan.
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  • Micah is appointed for reading annually at the end of Advent and the beginning of Christmas so that the “Bethlehem” prophesy in chapter 5 is appointed for Christmas Day.
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  • Lamentations is appointed to be read annually on the first days of Holy Week.
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  • Jonah is appointed to be read annually at the end of Holy Week into early Easter.
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  • The remainder of the Old Testament (731 chapters) is appointed to be read a chapter a day for the 730 days scheduled over the two years. While the order of the canon is generally followed, certain books are read out of order to correspond to seasons when they have particular application. For example, Amos, Haggai, and Zechariah are read during Advent in odd-numbered years and Isaiah is read from late November into early January (so as to cover Advent and Christmas in even-numbered years). Likewise, Exodus is appointed to cover the normal period of Lent and Easter in even-numbered years, with Jeremiah, Esther, and Daniel appointed for that period in odd-numbered years.
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  • The New Testament is read through annually, which Matthew scheduled for Lent, the various resurrection accounts schedule during the first week of Easter, and Revelation scheduled for Advent. While sections from the New Testament are scheduled on days in which they are particularly applicable, each book is also read in a continuous manner at some point through the year.
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  • Readings for the months of January, July, August, September, October, November, and December are appointed on the same date from year-to-year, with the appointed Old Testament reading varying depending upon whether it is an odd-numbered or an even-numbered year. Some readings (namely, New Testament, Lamentations, Jonah, and some Psalms) for any given date for February, March, April, May, and June vary from year-to-year based on the date of Easter.

 
This plan is of my own creation, though it is based on a variety of pre-existing resources as far as the concepts involved, most notably the St. James Daily Devotional Guide for the Christian Year. Other resources consulted included the 1979 Book of Common Prayer Sunday and Daily Office Lectionaries and the LCMS One-Year Lectionary.
 


 
The Plan for August 1, 2015 – November 30, 2015:
 

 


 
The Plan for December 1, 2015 – November 30, 2016:
 

  • Readings for December in Odd-Numbered Years
  • Readings for January in Even-Numbered Years
  • Psalms, Proverbs, and Old Testament Readings for February in Even-Numbered Years
  • Supplemental Readings for February 4 – Shrove Tuesday
  • Psalms, Proverbs, and Old Testament Readings for March in Even-Numbered Years
  • Supplemental Readings for Lent (Ash Wednesday – Holy Saturday)
  • Psalms, Proverbs, and Old Testament Readings for April in Even-Numbered Years
  • Supplemental Readings for Easter Season (Easter Sunday – Pentecost Eve)
  • Psalms, Proverbs, and Old Testament Readings for May in Even-Numbered Years
  • Supplemental Readings for Pentecost Sunday through Trinity Sunday
  • Supplemental Readings for Monday Following Trinity Sunday – June 20
  • Readings for July in Even-Numbered Years
  • Readings for August in Even-Numbered Years
  • Readings for September in Even-Numbered Years
  • Readings for October in Even-Numbered Years
  • Readings for November in Even-Numbered Years

 


 
The Plan for December 1, 2016 – November 30, 2017:
 

  • Readings for December in Even-Numbered Years
  • Readings for January in Odd-Numbered Years
  • Psalms, Proverbs, and Old Testament Readings for February in Odd-Numbered Years
  • Supplemental Readings for February 4 – Shrove Tuesday
  • Psalms, Proverbs, and Old Testament Readings for March in Odd-Numbered Years
  • Supplemental Readings for Lent (Ash Wednesday – Holy Saturday)
  • Psalms, Proverbs, and Old Testament Readings for April in Odd-Numbered Years
  • Supplemental Readings for Easter Season (Easter Sunday – Pentecost Eve)
  • Psalms, Proverbs, and Old Testament Readings for May in Odd-Numbered Years
  • Supplemental Readings for Pentecost Sunday through Trinity Sunday
  • Supplemental Readings for Monday Following Trinity Sunday – June 20
  • Readings for July in Odd-Numbered Years
  • Readings for August in Odd-Numbered Years
  • Readings for September in Odd-Numbered Years
  • Readings for October in Odd-Numbered Years
  • Readings for November in Odd-Numbered Years
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