Read Through the Bible in a Year

Read Through the Bible in a Year

by John R. Kohlenberger III

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Read Through the Bible in a Year by John R. Kohlenberger III

To know the God of the universe, you must know His Word. By investing only thirty minutes a day, you can achieve your goal of reading the entire Bible in one year. John Kohlenberger provides a wonderful resource to help you reach that goal.

To aid in your progress, Read Through the Bible in a Year includes:

  • Brief background information on each book
  • Books arranged in general historical and chronological order
  • A complete reading schedule that allows you to start at any time during the year and continue from that point
  • Ten strategies for first-rate Bible reading
  • A proven method for studying the Bible

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802471673
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 76
Sales rank: 463,167
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

JOHN R. KOHLENBERGER III (Th.B., Multnomah Bible College; M.A., Western Seminary) is the author or co-editor of more than five dozen biblical reference books and study Bibles, including the awarding-winning NIV Exhaustive Concordance and The NIV Bible Commentary. John currently divides his time between writing and Bible design and typesetting.

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Read Through the Bible in a Year

By John R. Kohlenberger III
Moody Publishers
Copyright © 2008

John R. Kohlenberger III
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8024-7167-3

Chapter One January

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. -Genesis 1:1

Bible Reading Schedule


Jan 1 Gen. 1-3 Jan 2 Gen. 4:1-6:8 Jan. 3 Gen. 6:9-9:29 Jan. 4 Gen. 10-11 Jan. 5 Gen. 12-14 Jan. 6 Gen. 15-17 Jan. 7 Gen. 18-19 Jan. 8 Gen. 20 22 Jan. 9 Gen. 23-24 Jan. 10 Gen. 25-26 Jan. 11 Gen. 27-28 Jan. 12 Gen. 29-30 Jan. 13 Gen. 31-32 Jan. 14 Gen. 33 35 Jan. 15 Gen. 36-37 Jan. 16 Gen. 38-40 Jan. 17 Gen. 41-42 Jan. 18 Gen. 43-45 Jan. 19 Gen. 46-47 Jan. 20 Gen. 48-50 Jan. 21 Job 1-3 Jan. 22 Job 4-7 Jan. 23 Job 8-11 Jan. 24 Job 12-15 Jan. 25 Job 16-19 Jan. 26 Job 20-22 Jan. 27 Job 23-28 Jan. 28 Job 29-31 Jan. 29 Job 32-34 Jan. 30 Job 35-37 Jan. 31 Job 38 42

Getting to Know ...


Author: Moses

Date: 1450-1410 B.C.

Theme: Genesis is a real-life history of individual people, a fact that is emphasized by the ten sections within it that usually begin, "These are the records of the generations of ..." (NASB). This thrust provides a natural unity to the book. Genesis is a book about the beginning of many things: the world, man, sin, civilization, the nations, and Israel. Genesis also contains important theological themes, including the doctrine of the living, personal God; the doctrine of man made in the image of God, then of sinful man; the anticipation of a Redeemer; and the covenant promises made to the nation of Israel.

Overview: Genesis takes us from creation to the settling of Jacob's descendants in Egypt; although three-fourths of the book concentrates on the four generations from the call of Abraham to the death of Joseph (2091-1805 B.C.).

The names of God vary in Genesis. God is called "the Mighty One" when He creates the universe, but it is Yahweh who personally forms Adam and Eve, enjoys fellowship with them in the garden, and even provides for them after their sin (Genesis 2-3). Note, too, that Melchizedek worships God Most High (El Elyon), but that Abram, who has a special covenant relationship with God, knows Him more intimately as Yahweh God Most High (14:18-24).

Several such compound names or titles give us additional insight into God's attributes and actions. Besides El Elyon, the most famous is El Shaddai, "God Almighty," although this name occurs only 48 times in the Bible. (See "Going Deeper" for more on the names of God in the Old Testament.)


Author: Uncertain. Suggestions include Job himself, Elihu, Moses, and Solomon.

Date: Uncertain.

Theme: The book wrestles with the age-old question: If God is a God of love and mercy, why do the righteous suffer? In answer, Job clearly teaches the sovereignty of God and the need for man to acknowledge that sovereignty. Job's three friends gave essentially the same answer to the problem of pain: All suffering is due to sin. Elihu, however, declared that suffering is often the means of purifying the righteous. God's purpose, therefore, was to strip away all of Job's self-righteousness, and to bring him to the place of complete trust in Him.

Overview: Though we do not know who wrote the book or when it was written, the book of Job appears to be set in the days of the patriarchs-though not in the land of Israel.

There are two keys to reading this book. One is recognizing that it is "wisdom literature"; the other is noticing the uses of the names of God. As wisdom literature, the Book of Job tells us in proverb form about the order of the world God has created. That account can be summarized in proverbs because God is a God of order. There are exceptions, however, to many proverbs because sin has marred the perfection of God's creation.

When Job's friends discover he is destitute and diseased, they immediately confront him with wisdom based on common sense: God judges the wicked and prospers the righteous, so confess your wickedness and be restored. Job, however, maintains his righteousness in spite of their seemingly well-reasoned but misapplied statements.

This is where noticing the names of God becomes important. We, the readers, have information the biblical characters did not have-the heavenly scenes presented in chapters 1 and 2. We know that Job's condition is a result of a battle between God and Satan. Our special insight is underlined by the use of the name Yahweh, whereas Job and his friends, who do not have the whole picture, use various names of God to refer to Him. When God finally reveals Himself in chapters 38-42, the name Yahweh again dominates the text.

The story of Job teaches the limitation of wisdom. Regardless of how much theology we know-or think we know-we never have the complete picture. We must use compassion rather than condemnation when dealing with others, both believers and non-believers, or we may be in danger of "[not speaking of God] what is right" (42:7). And when we seem to be on the short end of God's promises, we must wait on God and trust in Him rather than question His character.

Going Deeper ...

The names of God in the Old Testament are all significant. In the ancient Near East, names were given to signify one's character. To learn more about the names of God, including the names used for God in Genesis and Job, turn to "Going Deeper" at the back of the book and read the article "The Primary Names of God."


Moses said to God, "Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' Then what shall I tell them?" God said to Moses, "I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I am has sent me to you.'" -Exodus 3:13-14

Bible Reading Schedule


Feb. 1 Exod. 1-4 Feb. 2 Exod. 5-8 Feb. 3 Exod. 9-1l Feb. 4 Exod. 12-13 Feb. 5 Exod. 14-15 Feb. 6 Exod. 16-18 Feb. 7 Exod. 19-21 Feb. 8 Exod. 22 24 Feb. 9 Exod. 25-27 Feb. 10 Exod. 28-29 Feb. 11 Exod. 30-31 Feb. 12 Exod. 32-34 Feb. 13 Exod. 35-36 Feb. 14 Exod. 37-38 Feb. 15 Exod. 39-40 Feb. 16 Lev. 1:1-5:13 Feb. 17 Lev. 5:14-7:38 Feb. 18 Lev. 8-10 Feb. 19 Lev. 11-12 Feb. 20 Lev. 13-14 Feb. 21 Lev. 15-17 Feb. 22 Lev. 18-20 Feb. 23 Lev. 21-23 Feb. 24 Lev. 24-25 Feb. 25 Lev. 26-27 Feb. 26 Num. 1-2 Feb. 27 Num. 3-4 Feb. 28 Num. 5-6

Getting to Know ...


Author: Moses

Date: 1450-1410 B.C.

Theme: The theme of Exodus is the deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt, in fulfillment of the promise made by God in Genesis 15:13-14. The book records the birth of the nation of Israel, the giving of the law, and the origin of ritual worship.

Overview: Exodus begins where Genesis left off: with the relocation of Jacob and his descendants to Egypt, in fulfillment of Genesis 15:13a. But in fulfillment of Genesis 15:13b, the Israelites are soon enslaved and oppressed by the Egyptians. The rest of the book begins to fulfill Genesis 15:14, 16-the exodus from Egypt to the Promised Land. The majority of Exodus concentrates on the eighty-one years between the birth of Moses and the setting up of the tabernacle (1526-1445 B.C.).

The name Yahweh first appears in chapter 3. God proclaims that He has "come down"-that He is specially present on Earth to deliver His people from bondage and lead them into the bountiful land of promise. Moses is the one who first gets introduced to God in this way. That's important because of the job set before him: to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.

But before Moses will lead God's people, he wants to know His name. God tells him, "I am who I am." This combination of Yahweh and Ehyeh ("I am") implies more than God's existence; it implies His intimate presence, His readiness to save and to act for His people, and the constancy of His character. Thus, we can define Yahweh as "I am truly present, ready to save and to act, just as I have always been."

In chapters 5-18, Israel comes to "know" Yahweh intimately as He judges Egypt and delivers Israel (6:6-8).

The Israelites, therefore, fear Yahweh and put their trust in Him (14:30-31). Because Yahweh provided for them in the wilderness en route to Sinai, they willingly enter the covenant relationship He offers in 19:3-8.

We will say more about the law later. Now, it's enough to say that the law was given for Israel's good and provided everything they needed to know about godly living. The essence of the old covenant relationship with God is identical with that of the new covenant: "If you love me, you will obey what I command" (John 14:15; Deuteronomy 6:4-9).

Israel breaks the first two commandments when the people build the golden calf and worship it as their god (Exodus 32). Though God responds with judgment, He still reveals His character as Yahweh, the compassionate and gracious God who forgives the repentant but judges the unrepentant (34:6-7). This compassion is one of the most important revelations about the character of Yahweh, and is repeated throughout Scripture until it culminates with the coming of Jesus in John 1:14.

Chapters 36-40 emphasize Israel's response to Yahweh's forgiveness: twenty-one times the people do "just as Yahweh commanded." As a result, Yahweh fills the tabernacle with His special presence and glory (40:34-38), a powerful indication that He accepts their attitude and action.


Author: Moses

Date: 1450-1410 B.C.

Theme: The Book of Exodus concludes with the erection of the tabernacle, which was constructed according to the pattern God gave to Moses. But how was Israel to use the tabernacle? The instructions in Leviticus answer that question, and were given to Moses during the fifty days between the setting up of the tabernacle (Exodus 40:17) and the departure of the people from Sinai (Numbers 10:12). Leviticus may be viewed in three complementary ways. First, it is a book about the holiness of God and His requirements for fellowship with Himself. Second, and connected to this idea, it is also a book that reveals the sinfulness of man. Finally, it may be viewed as a book about atonement-the provision of access to God for sinful man.

Overview: The key concept in Leviticus is holiness-being set apart for God's service and being different from the world by obeying God's commands.

Believe it or not, the sacrificial system that is set up in chapters 1-7 reveals the grace of Yahweh. He is holy, separate from His people, yet He reveals a way in which His people can become holy themselves and thus have fellowship with Him. This concept is carried through the rest of the book, as many commands are punctuated with "You shall be holy, for I am holy."

This emphasis on holiness is punctuated by an interesting string of events. The first event concerns the priesthood. It is made a holy group, within an already holy people, to serve the holy God (Leviticus 8-9). But immediately following their consecration, Nadab and Abihu despise God's holiness by offering unholy fire and incense (Leviticus 10). Yahweh then protects His holiness by destroying them with the same fire that had accepted the burnt offering only the day before (10:2; 9:24). The third event depicts Yahweh again protecting His holiness when He demands the death of the man who blasphemed His name (24:10-23).

When reading Leviticus, we should marvel at the intimacy of the use of God's names. Yahweh appears 311 times (proportionately more than in Exodus), and all 52 occurrences of Elohim show the personal covenant relationship of God to His people: "your God" is used 40 times, "his God" is used 8 times, and "their God" is used 4 times.

Going Deeper ...

You're doing a lot of reading as you move more into the Old Testament. Are you still reading for meaning? There are several strategies you can use to open up the text and become a first-rate reader. In "Going Deeper" in the back of the book some of you will learn the strategies to engage your mind, your emotions, and your spirit in the article "Ten Strategies for First-Rate Reading: Part 1" (page 63).


Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. -Deut. 6:4-5

Bible Reading Schedule


March 1 Num. 7 March 2 Num. 8-10 March 3 Num. 11-13 March 4 Num. 14-15 March 5 Num. 16-18 March 6 Num. 19-21 March 7 Num. 22 24 March 8 Num. 25-26 March 9 Num. 27-29 March 10 Num. 30-31 March 11 Num. 32-33 March 12 Num. 34-36 March 13 Deut. 1-2 March 14 Deut. 3-4 March 15 Deut. 5-7 March 16 Deut. 8-10 March 17 Deut. 11-13 March 18 Deut. 14-17 March 19 Deut. 18-21 March 20 Deut. 22-25 March 21 Deut. 26-28 March 22 Deut. 29:1-31:29 March 23 Deut. 31:30-34:12 March 24 Josh. 1-4 March 25 Josh. 5-8 March 26 Josh. 9-11 March 27 Josh. 12-14 March 28 Josh. 15-17 March 29 Josh. 18-19 March 30 Josh. 20-22 March 31 Josh. 23-Judges 1

Getting to Know ...


Author: Moses

Date: 1450-1410 B.C. The account covers the period between Israel's departure from Egypt and her arrival in Canaan, including the winding, thirty-nine years' journey from Sinai to Kadesh Barnea, through various places in the wilderness, and finally to the plains of Moab across the Jordan River from Jericho.

Theme: The principal lesson is that God's people must walk by faith, trusting His promises, if they are to move forward. To reinforce this theme, the book recounts the unbelief and discontent of the people in general (11:1) and of Miriam and Aaron (12:1), and the people's refusal at Kadesh Barnea to enter the Promised Land (14:2).

Overview: Numbers is characterized by the Israelites' rebellion. The justice and judgment of Yahweh is a key revelation of the book. Israel's failure to obey Yahweh is emphasized in the distinction of Numbers. In the four centuries from Jacob to the Exodus, the number of men alone grew from 70 to 625,550. But in the four decades in the desert, that number dropped to 624,730.

But Yahweh did not limit His actions to judgment during that time; He also acted in salvation. Every judgment dealt only with the core of the rebellion; the majority of the people were not destroyed. The only judgment that affected all Israel was the forty years of wandering and death in the wilderness. But even here the nation survived, and a new generation stood ready to enter the land. Furthermore, Yahweh led His people to victories over Arad, Heshbon, and Bashan (chapter 21), turned Balaam's curse into a blessing (22-24), and gave Israel vengeance against the Midianites (31).

God's presence to judge and to save is emphasized again by the dominance of the name Yahweh. Most of the other names and titles are found in Balaam's oracles.


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Table of Contents


First Things First

January Bible Reading Schedule

February Bible Reading Schedule

March Bible Reading Schedule

April Bible Reading Schedule

May Bible Reading Schedule

June Bible Reading Schedule

July Bible Reading Schedule

August Bible Reading Schedule

September Bible Reading Schedule

October Bible Reading Schedule

November Bible Reading Schedule

December Bible Reading Schedule

Going Deeper

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I bought this thinking that it would be the Bible - not just a reading plan. I guess I should have known you get what you pay for! The Bible is NOT included, so if you are looking for a read the Bible in one year book, I would pay extra for the NIV. Wish I could get my money back, even it is only $1.68!
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