Saturday, 12 January 2008

The whole Bible in six years

On January 1st this year the French Protestant Federation launched the Bible in six years project. Until now the various member churches of the FPF tended to have different lists of daily readings, so it's a way of trying to create a wider sense of belonging to the same tradition through reading the same texts each day. It also includes the Sunday readings of the (Roman Catholic) lectionary.
The other thing I like about this project is the attempt to read the whole of the Bible rather than just the bits that we like. When I was preaching on the lectionary every week I got more than a little frustrated with what often seemed like a reduction of the Hebrew scriptures to yet another bit of deutero-Isaiah - as if no other part of the old testament might have anything to say to us.