How to Read the Bible
If you’ve never really read the Bible as an adult, how do you get started? Learning something about what the Bible really is - its various sorts of stories and literary types can help make reading “The Big Book” a little less intimidating.
Another way to start reading the Bible is by reading, and hearing it in the daily worship of the Church - in Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer, Evening Prayer, Compline and The Holy Eucharist. The Church has both a three-year Sunday Lectionary cycle (meaning a list of fixed texts), and a two-year Daily Lectionary cycle, along with readings for special occasions and saints’ days.
Join us tonight for Evening Prayer and our Bible Project Class video. Dawnell+ and Whit+ will discuss the Lectionary Cycles, and we’ll watch The Bible Project’s How to Read the Bible video.*
*The Bible Project is here at bibleproject.com. The Episcopal Church’s Lectionary texts begin on page 887, The Revised Common Lectionary or RCL (Sunday three year cycle, see note below about Track 1 and Track 2) on page 889, and The Episcopal Church’s Daily Office Lectionary begins on page 933. (The 1979 Lectionary for Sundays, now replaced by the RCL can be found on page 1003 - in new BCPs.)
Note: The Revised Common Lectionary allows us to make use of either of these tracks, but once a track has been selected, it should be followed through to the end of the Pentecost season, rather than jumping back and forth between the two strands. The first track of Old Testament readings (“Track 1”) follows major stories and themes, read mostly continuously from week to week. In Year A we begin with Genesis, in Year B we hear some of the great monarchy narratives, and in Year C we read from the later prophets. A second track of readings (“Track 2”) follows the Roman Catholic tradition of thematically pairing the Old Testament reading with the Gospel reading, often typologically—a sort of foretelling of Jesus Christ’s life and ministry, if you will. This second track is almost identical to our previous Book of Common Prayer lectionary.
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