Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Today, I start the Bible in 90 Days Challenge. A wonderful friend invited me to join their B90 group, and I was eager to say YES. One slight problem, however... The Bible in 90 Days Challenge programming is for a non-Catholic bible. What's the problem, you ask? Oh, just a little thing called the deuterocanonical texts, that's all.
If you break it down and if I want to read the Catholic bible in 90 days (which let's face it, I do!), then I have 7 more books of the bible to fit in these mere 90 days of intense reading. Which books am I referring to? That would be: Baruch, Judith, 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees, Sirach, Tobit, and Wisdom. If anyone has a great plan for me to fit these extra books into the structure of B90, now would be the time to share your expertise with me.
Don't get me wrong, I've read the Old Testament before when I was taking graduate level theology courses at Ave Maria University, but it was a quick read. The reading required for those classes was so intense I couldn't keep up and ultimately dropped out of the program. Maybe again someday...
I'd really like to read the Old Testament using the newest edition of the New American Bible, but I'm torn between that and the RSV Catholic Edition by Ignatius, which was required reading for courses in theology. But, honestly, I'm leaning towards my NAB "The Catholic Study Bible" because I can reread the introduction materials for each book, giving a great reference point. Maybe I have too many bibles...
Anyway, I will be blogging about my reading, impressions, frustrations, new insights, and whatever else may surface. Get ready bible, here I come!