Sunday, January 14, 2018

Genesis: 1-11 #2018BibleRBR


I started this challenge a little late, and because I'm doing this Chronolocialy my posts will be grouped a little differently than a weekly checking post.  I'm starting off with this first section of Genesis because then chronologically it moves to Job.

I will be using The Catholic Youth Bible. I received this one when I was a senior and leaving the Youth Group at my church.  One of the reasons I've held onto this particular version is that before each book there is a section that describes what you are about to read.  It gives you a bit of history, there is also a side by side timeline of Bible History and Human History, it was just where I would go whenever I had questions about faith and religion.
The Book of Gensis is divided as follows:
1. The Primeval History (1-11)
2. The Patriarch Abraham (12-25:18)
3. The Patriarchs Isaac and Jacob (25:19 - 36)
4. Joseph and His Brothers (37-50)
Here are some passages and footnotes I found the most interesting:
Gn 1, 5  God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." Thus evening came, and morning followed - the first day.
In ancient Israel a day was considered to begin at sunset. According to the highly artificial literary structure of Gn 1-2 God's creative activity is divided into six days to teach the sacredness of the sabbath rest on the seventh day
Starting early, this sets up the idea that the bible is a collection of stories written in a way to teach a lesson.  They are fables, written maybe to collect the oral traditions or to write history, but mainly to teach people morals. We start off with a story that is meant to teach readers to respect the Sabbath. You may have worked all week and feel like there is more work but look even God rested and so must you. Looking at it this way, the story of creation is no different than say the story of the Tortoise and the Hare.
Gn 2, 7 the Lord God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being.
God is portrayed as a potter modeling man's body out of clay. There is a play on words in Hebrew between adam (man) and adama (ground). being: literally, soul.
There was a lot of wordplay in these few first chapters. This being the first one, gives a clear example of the importance of naming in the bible. Along with the importance of naming is this image of God working with clay. At the time I believe this would have been something people could relate to, working with their hands to create something. Whether it was as an oral story told or once it was written down, the idea that creating something is hands-on connects with a lot of people.  These images make the work more relatable.
GN 5, 1-32 Generations: Adam to Noah
Althought this chapter, with its highly schematic form, belongs to the relatively late "Priestly document," it is based on very ancient traditions. Together with Gn 11:10-26, its primary purpose is to bridge the genealogical gap between Adam and Abraham. The long lifespans attributed to these ten antediluvian patriarchs have a symolic rather than historical value. Babylonian traditon also recorded ten kings with fantastically high ages who reigned successively before the flood. 
I honestly have always found these chapters borning. I understand their importance, but I tend to just skim over them. This time I read them and this footnote gave me a better appreciation of the genealogical connection between these men and the importance it has on the story. Reading them instead of this long list of men who lived way too long, it's more a list of important men and the connections that lead from the first man to another very important man. The older their age at fatherhood and the longer they live is a representation of their worth.
Gn 6, 1-4 Creation of the Nephilim This is apparently a fragment of an old legend that had borrowed much from ancient mythology. The sacred author incorporates it here, not only in order to account for the prehistoric giants of Palestine, whom the Israelites called the Nephilim, but also to introduce the story of the flood with a moral orientation - the constantly increasing wickedness of mankind. 
 I am a Supernatural fan and now that we're dealing with Nephilim in the series this was really an interesting chapter for me to read this time around. I can't say that this short section ever really made an impact on my memory. When they introduced the Nephilim on the show I had to look it up cause I had no idea what the heck a Nephilim was let alone where it connected to the bible.

Just a quick note on the flood.  A number of years ago I listened to the audiobook version of Don't Know Much About Mythology by Kenneth C. Davis. In it, he discusses a number of creation stories and nearly all of them talk about a great flood.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Reading the Bible as Literature Event



Getting a bit of a late start on this one, but I wasn't sure I wanted to do this one even though it sounded interesting.  I didn't know if I could read the Bible as just a work of literature, but I'm going to try.

I chose a chronological reading of the Bible.

Jan 1: Gen 1-3
Jan 2: Gen 4-7
Jan 3: Gen 8-11
Jan 4: Job 1-5
Jan 5: Job 6-9
Jan 6: Job 10-13
Jan 7: Job 14-16
Jan 8: Job 17-20
Jan 9: Job 21-23
Jan 10: Job 24-28
Jan 11: Job 29-31
Jan 12: Job 32-34
Jan 13: Job 35-37
Jan 14: Job 38-39
Jan 15: Job 40-42
Jan 16: Gen 12-15
Jan 17: Gen 16-18
Jan 18: Gen 19-21
Jan 19: Gen 22-24
Jan 20: Gen 25-26
Jan 21: Gen 27-29
Jan 22: Gen 30-31
Jan 23: Gen 32-34
Jan 24: Gen 35-37
Jan 25: Gen 38-40
Jan 26: Gen 41-42
Jan 27: Gen 43-45
Jan 28: Gen 46-47
Jan 29: Gen 48-50
Jan 30: Ex 1-3
Jan 31: Ex 4-6
Feb 1: Ex 7-9
Feb 2: Ex 10-12
Feb 3: Ex 13-15
Feb 4: Ex 16-18
Feb 5: Ex 19-21
Feb 6: Ex 22-24
Feb 7: Ex 25-27
Feb 8: Ex 28-29
Feb 9: Ex 30-32
Feb 10: Ex 33-35
Feb 11: Ex 36-38
Feb 12: Ex 39-40
Feb 13: Lev 1-4
Feb 14: Lev 5-7
Feb 15: Lev 8-10
Feb 16: Lev 11-13
Feb 17: Lev 14-15
Feb 18: Lev 16-18
Feb 19: Lev 19-21
Feb 20: Lev 22-23
Feb 21: Lev 24-25
Feb 22: Lev 26-27
Feb 23: Num 1-2
Feb 24: Num 3-4
Feb 25: Num 5-6
Feb 26: Num 7
Feb 27: Num 8-10
Feb 28: Num 11-13
Mar 1: Num 14-15; Ps 90
Mar 2: Num 16-17
Mar 3: Num 18-20
Mar 4: Num 21-22
Mar 5: Num 23-25
Mar 6: Num 26-27
Mar 7: Num 28-30
Mar 8: Num 31-32
Mar 9: Num 33-34
Mar 10: Num 35-36
Mar 11: Deut 1-2
Mar 12: Deut 3-4
Mar 13: Deut 5-7
Mar 14: Deut 8-10
Mar 15: Deut 11-13
Mar 16: Deut 14-16
Mar 17: Deut 17-20
Mar 18: Deut 21-23
Mar 19: Deut 24-27
Mar 20: Deut 28-29
Mar 21: Deut 30-31
Mar 22: Deut 32-34; Ps 91
Mar 23: Josh 1-4
Mar 24: Josh 5-8
Mar 25: Josh 9-11
Mar 26: Josh 12-15
Mar 27: Josh 16-18
Mar 28: Josh 19-21
Mar 29: Josh 22-24
Mar 30: Jud 1-2
Mar 31: Jud 3-5
Apr 1: Jud 6-7
Apr 2: Jud 8-9
Apr 3: Jud 10-12
Apr 4: Jud 13-15
Apr 5: Jud 16-18
Apr 6: Jud 19-21
Apr 7: Ruth
Apr 8: 1Sam 1-3
Apr 9: 1Sam 4-8
Apr 10: 1Sam 9-12
Apr 11: 1Sam 13-14
Apr 12: 1Sam 15-17
Apr 13: 1Sam 18-20; Ps 11/59
Apr 14: 1Sam 21-24
Apr 15: Ps 7/27/31/34/52
Apr 16: Ps 56/120/140-142
Apr 17: 1Sam 25-27
Apr 18: Ps 17/35/54/63
Apr 19: 1Sam 28-31; Ps18
Apr 20: Ps 121/123-125/128-130
Apr 21: 2Sam 1-4
Apr 22: Ps 6/8-10/14/16/19/21
Apr 23: 1Chron 1-2
Apr 24: Ps 43-45/49/84-85/87
Apr 25: 1Chron 3-5
Apr 26: Ps 73/77-78
Apr 27: 1Chron 6
Apr 28: Ps 81/88/92-93
Apr 29: 1Chron 7-10
Apr 30: Ps 102-104
May 1: 2Sam 5:1-10; 1Chron 11-12
May 2: Ps 133
May 3: Ps 106-107
May 4: 2Sam 5:11-6:23; 1Chron 13-16
May 5: Ps 1-2/15/22-24/47/68
May 6: Ps 89/96/100-101/105/132
May 7: 2Sam 7; 1Chron 17
May 8: Ps 25/29/33/36/39
May 9: 2Sam 8-9; 1Chron 18
May 10: Ps 50/53/60/75
May 11: 2Sam10; 1Chron 19; Ps 20
May 12: Ps 65-67/69-70
May 13: 2Sam 11-12; 1Chron 20
May 14: Ps 32/51/86/122
May 15: 2Sam 13-15
May 16: Ps 3-4/12-13/28/55
May 17: 2Sam 16-18
May 18: Ps 26/40/58/61-62/64
May 19: 2Sam 19-21
May 20: Ps 5/38/41-42
May 21: 2Sam 22-23; Ps 57
May 22: Ps 95/97-99
May 23: 2Sam 24; 1Chron 21-22; Ps 30
May 24: Ps 108-110
May 25: 1Chron 23-25
May 26: Ps 131/138-139/143-145
May 27: 1Chron 26-29; Ps 127
May 28: Ps 111-118
May 29: 1King 1-2; Ps 37/71/94
May 30: Ps 119:1-88
May 31: 1King 3-4; 2Chron 1; Ps 72
Jun 1: Ps 119:89-176
Jun 2: Solomon 1-8
Jun 3: Prov 1-3
Jun 4: Prov 4-6
Jun 5: Prov 7-9
Jun 6: Prov 10-12
Jun 7: Prov 13-15
Jun 8: Prov 16-18
Jun 9: Prov 19-21
Jun 10: Prov 22-24
Jun 11: 1King 5-6; 2Chron 2-3
Jun 12: 1King 7; 2Chron 4
Jun 13: 1King 8; 2Chron 5
Jun 14: 2Chron 6-7; Ps 136
Jun 15: Ps 134/146-150
Jun 16: 1King 9; 2Chron 8
Jun 17: Prov 25-26
Jun 18: Prov 27-29
Jun 19: Ecc 1-6
Jun 20: Ecc 7-12
Jun 21: 1King 10-11; 2Chron 9
Jun 22: Prov 30-31
Jun 23: 1King 12-14
Jun 24: 2Chron 10-12
Jun 25: 1King 15:1-24; 2Chron 13-16
Jun 26: 1King 15:25-16:34; 2Chron 17
Jun 27: 1King 17-19
Jun 28: 1King 20-21
Jun 29: 1King 22; 2Chron 18
Jun 30: 2Chron 19-23
Jul 1: Oba; Ps 82-83
Jul 2: 2King 1-4
Jul 3: 2King 5-8
Jul 4: 2King 9-11
Jul 5: 2King 12-13; 2Chron 24
Jul 6: 2King 14; 2Chron 25
Jul 7: Jonah
Jul 8: 2King 15; 2Chron 26
Jul 9: Is 1-4
Jul 10: Is 5-8
Jul 11: Amos 1-5
Jul 12: Amos 6-9
Jul 13: 2Chron 27; Is 9-12
Jul 14: Micah 1-7
Jul 15: 2Chron 28; 2King 16-17
Jul 16: Is 13-17
Jul 17: Is 18-22
Jul 18: Is 23-27
Jul 19: 2King 18:1-8; 2Chron 29-31; Ps 48
Jul 20: Hos 1-7
Jul 21: Hos 8-14
Jul 22: Is 28-30
Jul 23: Is 31-34
Jul 24: Is 35-36
Jul 25: Is 37-39; Ps 76
Jul 26: Is 40-43
Jul 27: Is 44-48
Jul 28: 2King 18:9-19:37; Ps 46/80/135
Jul 29: Is 49-53
Jul 30: Is 54-58
Jul 31: Is 59-63
Aug 1: Is 64-66
Aug 2: 2King 20-21
Aug 3: 2Chron 32-33
Aug 4: Nahum 1-3
Aug 5: 2King 22-23; 2Chron 34-35
Aug 6: Zephaniah
Aug 7: Jer 1-3
Aug 8: Jer 4-6
Aug 9: Jer 7-9
Aug 10: Jer 10-13
Aug 11: Jer 14-17
Aug 12: Jer 18-22
Aug 13: Jer 23-25
Aug 14: Jer 26-29
Aug 15: Jer 30-31
Aug 16: Jer 32-34
Aug 17: Jer 35-37
Aug 18: Jer 38-40; Ps 74/79
Aug 19: 2King 24-25; 2Chron 36
Aug 20: Habakkuk
Aug 21: Jer 41-45
Aug 22: Jer 46-48
Aug 23: Jer 49-50
Aug 24: Jer 51-52
Aug 25: Lam 1:1-3:36
Aug 26: Lam 3:37-5:22
Aug 27: Ezek 1-4
Aug 28: Ezek 5-8
Aug 29: Ezek 9-12
Aug 30: Ezek 13-15
Aug 31: Ezek 16-17
Sep 1: Ezek 18-19
Sep 2: Ezek 20-21
Sep 3: Ezek 22-23
Sep 4: Ezek 24-27
Sep 5: Ezek 28-31
Sep 6: Ezek 32-34
Sep 7: Ezek 35-37
Sep 8: Ezek 38-39
Sep 9: Ezek 40-41
Sep 10: Ezek 42-43
Sep 11: Ezek 44-45
Sep 12: Ezek 46-48
Sep 13: Joel
Sep 14: Dan 1-3
Sep 15: Dan 4-6
Sep 16: Dan 7-9
Sep 17: Dan 10-12
Sep 18: Ezra 1-3
Sep 19: Ezra 4-6; Ps 137
Sep 20: Haggai 1-2
Sep 21: Zech 1-7
Sep 22: Zech 8-14
Sep 23: Est 1-5
Sep 24: Est 6-10
Sep 25: Ezra 7-10
Sep 26: Neh 1-5
Sep 27: Neh 6-7
Sep 28: Neh 8-10
Sep 29: Neh 11-13; Ps 126
Sep 30: Malachi 1-4
Oct 1: Luke 1; John 1:1-14
Oct 2: Matt 1; Luke 2:1-38
Oct 3: Matt 2; Luke 2:39-52
Oct 4: Matt 3; Mark 1; Luke 3
Oct 5: Matt 4; Luke 4-5; John 1:15-51
Oct 6: John 2-4
Oct 7: Mark 2
Oct 8: John 5
Oct 9: Matt 12:1-21; Mark 3; Luke 6
Oct 10: Matt 5-7
Oct 11: Matt 8:1-13; Luke 7
Oct 12: Matt 11
Oct 13: Matt 12:22-50
Oct 14: Matt 13; Luke 8
Oct 15: Matt 8:14-34; Mark 4-5
Oct 16: Matt 9-10
Oct 17: Matt 14; Mark 6; Luke 9:1-17
Oct 18: John 6
Oct 19: Matt 15; Mark 7
Oct 20: Matt 16; Mark 8; Luke 9:18-27
Oct 21: Matt 17; Mark 9; Luke 9:28-62
Oct 22: Matt 18
Oct 23: John 7-8
Oct 24: John 9:1-10:21
Oct 25: Luke 10-11; John 10:22-42
Oct 26: Luke 12-13
Oct 27: Luke 14-15
Oct 28: Luke 16-17:10
Oct 29: John 11
Oct 30: Luke 17:11-18:14
Oct 31: Matt 19; Mark 10
Nov 1: Matt 20-21
Nov 2: Luke 18:15-19:48
Nov 3: Mark 11; John 12
Nov 4: Matt 22; Mark 12
Nov 5: Matt 23; Luke 20-21
Nov 6: Mark 13
Nov 7: Matt 24
Nov 8: Matt 25
Nov 9: Matt 26; Mark 14
Nov 10: Luke 22; John 13
Nov 11: John 14-17
Nov 12: Matt 27; Mark 15
Nov 13: Luke 23; John 18-19
Nov 14: Matt 28; Mark 16
Nov 15: Luke 24; John 20-21
Nov 16: Acts 1-3
Nov 17: Acts 4-6
Nov 18: Acts 7-8
Nov 19: Acts 9-10
Nov 20: Acts 11-12
Nov 21: Acts 13-14
Nov 22: James 1-5
Nov 23: Acts 15-16
Nov 24: Gal 1-3
Nov 25: Gal 4-6
Nov 26: Acts 17-18:18
Nov 27: 1/2Thess
Nov 28: Acts 18:19-19:41
Nov 29: 1Cor 1-4
Nov 30: 1Cor 5-8
Dec 1: 1Cor 9-11
Dec 2: 1Cor 12-14
Dec 3: 1Cor 15-16
Dec 4: 2Cor 1-4
Dec 5: 2Cor 5-9
Dec 6: 2Cor 10-13
Dec 7: Acts 20:1-3; Rom 1-3
Dec 8: Rom 4-7
Dec 9: Rom 8-10
Dec 10: Rom 11-13
Dec 11: Rom 14-16
Dec 12: Acts 20:4-23:35
Dec 13: Acts 24-26
Dec 14: Acts 27-28
Dec 15: Colossians; Philemon
Dec 16: Ephesians
Dec 17: Philippians 1-4
Dec 18: 1 Timothy
Dec 19: Titus
Dec 20: 1 Peter
Dec 21: Heb 1-6
Dec 22: Heb 7-10
Dec 23: Heb 11-13
Dec 24: 2 Timothy
Dec 25: 2 Peter; Jude
Dec 26: 1 John
Dec 27: 2/3 John
Dec 28: Rev 1-5
Dec 29: Rev 6-11
Dec 30: Rev 12-18

Dec 31: Rev 19-22

Monday, January 8, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? January 8


Currently Reading:

Title: What Happened
Author: Hillary Rodham Clinton
Date Started: January 1, 2018
Note: First Book

Currently Listening:

Title: Atlas Shrugged
Author: Ayn Rand
Narrator:
Date Started: August 31, 2017
Note: I haven't listened in awhile, I'm going to start by making myself listen to at least a half hour a day.  I'm going to finish this book!

Finished Reading:

Title: Princess Leia
Author: Mark Waid
Date Finished: January 2, 2018
Stars: 5

Title: Year One (Chronicles of The One #1)
Author: Nora Roberts
Date Finished: December 31, 2017
Stars: 4

Title: Charged (Saints of Denver #2)
Author: Jay Crownover
Date Finished: December 29, 2017
Stars: 3

Title: Honor (The Breaking Point #1)
Author: Jay Crownover
Date Finished: December 27, 2017
Stars: 3

Title: Let Is Snow: Three Holiday Romances
Author: John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle
Date Finished: December 26, 2017
Stars: 3

Title: Christmas Masquerade
Author: Debbie Macomber
Date Finished: December 24, 2017
Stars: 3

Title: A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Stories
Author: Charles Dickens
Date Finished: December 23, 2017
Stars: 3
Comments: I've read A Christmas Carol in past years, but it was a first for those other stories.

Title: The Witness
Author: Nora Roberts
Date Finished: December 23, 2017
Stars: 5
Comments: Reread

Title: Windfall
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Date Finished: December 18, 2017
Stars: 4

Title: Going Home: Unfinished Business / Island of Flowers / Mind Over Matter
Author: Nora Roberts
Date Finished: December 12, 2017
Stars: 4
Comments: Reread