How do you read the Bible? Thematically? Book-by-book? Only NT? Commentary in hand?
For the past few years, I've been reading Daily Bibles that get you through the Bible in a year. Most of them have a daily OT passage, a psalm, a proverb, and a NT passage. It is amazing, as this is sequenced to just keep moving through each of these four sections how often the content from one portion complements the contents of another. Such an amazingly integrated and inter-connected book!
This year, it's the NKJV Daily Bible -- "Read the Entire Bible in One Year"!!!
I get hopelessly lost when it comes to the kings of Israel vs. Judah. I wish someone would come out with a translation that simply inserts [of Judah] or [of Israel] next to the king's name every time he is mentioned, e.g., Rehoboam [of Judah], Jeroboam [of Israel]. I also wish they would include a little inset map to remind me which kingdom sits on top of the other -- Israel is north of Judah, and Judah has Jerusalem, and part of Israel became Samaria, right?
I have two or three Daily Bibles in different translations lined up for future years. I usually manage to buy them when they are on sale. I see one; I get it. However, I'm thinking of reading through the Chronological Bible next year, just to refresh my memory of the likely chronological order of things. Very difficult to keep it all straight.
Does anyone know any Bible aids out there that might help me navigate through the chronology of the OT as I read through the Bible?
PS -- I'm three weeks behind right now -- July 8th. Does this make me a bad person?!