…and yes, I’m still slogging my way through what I was taught to call the Old Testament, but which is probably more accurately also known as the Hebrew scriptures. As I type this, I just finished the book of Jonah — which is just a short four chapters, something I didn’t remember from my earlier readings.
As a Bible-banging Christian fundamentalist, I have read the Book already, though not like this, not cover to cover over the course of a year. I must admit that while delving into some of the minor prophets, my eyes glazed over. There are a lot of threats there, and a few gems of phrases, like when God threatens the Israelites with clean teeth. That doesn’t sound so bad until you keep reading and realize that means they’ll have no food — so their teeth will be clean.
I promise I am not reading the Bible to learn new ways to insult people, though my snark has since taken on a more literary quality (if you ask me).
The goal is to finish The Book by Dec. 31 by keeping up with an app I loaded onto my phone. I try to start my day with reading it because it strikes me as a good way to begin.
I’m looking toward December, and then January, and thinking maybe I’ll just start reading it back through, maybe more deeply.