Yesterday I visited Koorong books, I had received a gift voucher for a Christmas present and so it was a good excuse to go. Though the trip cost me a little more than the voucher; I was very pleased with my purchases.
I bought three books.
Overview – part one.
- The Books of the Bible.
Last year I made a number of resolutions in regarding my Bible reading.
- To read the Old Testament in the order of the Jewish Canon.
- To follow Gordon Fee’s advice to read the Bible without the chapter and verse numbers.
- To add to my collection of Bibles a TNIV Yes I know, it is about time – Pastor Mark Stevens
I had actually forgotten about my resolution regarding points 1 & 2, and so after browsing through hundreds of various versions, I settled on a nice slimline copy of the TNIV which was going to cost me about $22. I then felt a little unsettled with it and picked up instead a Book of the Bible and saw it was on special for $7 and was in larger print, so I bought it.
Now I admit I’m not the brightest match in the pack, though my negligence in observation skills could have had something to do with the pain killers I was using to dull the pain in my jaw, from a recent wisdom tooth extraction. But imagine the scene when I came home and my wife was looking through it and said… “This Bible reads well; but its weird, all the books are in a different order and there are no chapter and verse numbers in it….”
So not only will I be reading the Old Testament in the order of the Jewish Canon, I will read the New Testament in what appears to be the historical writing order. Isn’t God good!
I will blog about the other 2 in a future post.