Monday, August 26, 2013

Uh Old Testament You Make No Sense - Lets Read Through The Old Testament Together!

A depiction of Moses by José de Ribera(1638)  Taken from Wikipedia

Remember how we recently read through the New Testament together?  Who wants to read through the Old Testament with me? 

Wait, does Moses have horns in that painting?  Why yes he does... do you know why?  My brilliant wife educated me on this the other day.  Ready?

The Vulgate (4th century translation of the bible into Latin done mostly by St. Jerome) had a mistake.  In Exodus 34 they translated "radiant" as NIV puts it, to horned.  

You can still see it in the Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition which was translated from the Vulgate into English.  Click here to see.  

Do you know where my wife learned this?  Do you think it was in the Bible Course she is doing right now?  Nope.  In her spare time of doing 30-40 hours of bible study a week, she had time to read a Dan Brown book for leisure.  Although she didn't really enjoy it, she did learn this fact, and now you know it too.  

So on to reading through the Old Testament with me.  Lets not do the whole thing, how about Joshua through Malachi, and uh, we're gonna skip the Psalms. 

No I don't think that the Pentateuch (first 5 books of the bible) isn't valuable, but in my many attempts to read through the bible throughout the years I've read through the first 5 books of the bible quite a few times and have a much better grasp on them then I do the rest of the old testament.  So... I want to know what happens in the middle!  I've read some of them randomly, skipping around here and there... but it's time to sit down and commit to reading them.  

I'm skipping the Psalms because... again, not because I think the Psalms aren't important, but because it actually brings our overall chapter reading each day, down to a reasonable amount, in the time frame I want to do this.

5 chapters a day will get us through the Old Testament by the time 2014 rolls around. (2014?!)  Then we can go back and read through the Psalms and the Pentateuch if you want.  

Are you in?  Comment and let me know you're in!  I think instead of weekly reading summaries, which I feel behind on in on the NT reading, I might do book summaries when I'm done with a book.  I say I might because... well... I'm going to leave myself an out on writing, but I am going to do the reading and take notes.  

Joshua picks us up with the 40 years of wilderness wandering over,  the death of Moses and the Israelites entering the promised land.  

Engage:  How is your Old Testament knowledge?  Do you feel like you have a good overview of what's happening from Joshua to Malachi?  What's your favorite book in the OT?  Let us know in the comments.  

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