The Bible in a Year


The Bible In A YearAt General Convention 2012, The Episcopal Church passed a resolution encouraging every member of The Episcopal Church to participate in a “Read the Bible in a Year” program. The Diocese of Albany and the Cathedral are supporting those who wish to read the entire Bible over the course of one calendar year by providing the following links to various plans to read the Bible in a year. In addition, Dean David Collum and Deacon Jill Stellman of the Cathedral will be blogging about their experiences, struggles, and insights while following one of these plans.  There are quite a few different plans for reading the Bible in a year. Choose the one that you feel will be easiest for you to stay with and complete. If you get behind, don't give up, try to catch up. Here are some options to get you started and help you keep on reading:

The Center For Biblical Studies. This program starts with Genesis 1-3 and Matthew 1 and Psalm 1 and goes through in canonical order. The Psalms are read in their entirety twice through the year, and the New Testament is read once completely, then starts at Matthew 1 and goes through Luke 9. There are no readings on Sundays, so that you can enjoy hearing the Scriptures read in church (or catch up!). This progarm assumes that you will start on a Monday, so to have this program "fit" this year, you will actually need to start reading on Monday, December 30th, or do 3 days of readings on January 1st, or just be mis-aligned all year.

EWord Today. This plan has 5 different options for reading:

1) Canonical order (Genesis to Revelation)
2) Chronological order (the order the events happened in, according to certain scholars)
3) Historical order (the books of the Bible as they were written historically, according to the estimated date of their writing, based on certain scholarly opinions)
4) New Testament then Old Testament, which reads the New Testament in order first (Matthew to Revelation), then the Old Testament (Genesis to Malachi)
5) Old Testament and New Testament, which is one passage each from the OT and the NT each day

This website also has quite a few different translations available, ranging from the KJV to The Message.


The Dean will be blogging based on an OT/NT plan. Read his blog at The Dean's Bible in One Year.

One Year Bible Online This plan has either a 7-day program where you can pick your own start date, or a program that assumes you start Jan 1. This plan reads from the OT (starting at Genesis), the NT (starting at Matthew), the Psalms (starting at Psalm 1), and Proverbs (starting at Proverbs 1) each day. Each is read once, except the Psalms which are read twice throughout the year. There is also a chronological version similar to EWord Today.

Bible This is a very different plan from most others, where you read from the Epistles on Sunday, the Law on Monday, History on Tuesday, Psalms on Wednesday, Poetry on Thursday, Prophecy (includes Revelation) on Friday, and the Gospels and Acts on Saturday. It has the option to have the daily reading e-mailed. This plan has the option of using KJV, NIV, NASB, RSV, Darby, or Young's Literal Translation if you read the readings online. The person who devised this plan says that he did it because he had failed using all the other plans. This might be helpful for anyone who thinks that they would get bogged down in the "begets."


Deacon Stellman will be blogging based on this plan. Read her blog at Deacon Stellman's Bible Reading Blog.

Bible Study Tools This site has the canonical, chronological, and OT/NT plans, plus what they call the "Classic" plan, which starts with readings from Genesis, Psalms, and Luke, which is slightly different than the other plans. You can also choose a custom start date and/or you can have the bible readings for the day e-mailed to you in the NIV, ESV, KJV, or NAS translation. This site gives you the option to record it when you've completed a day's reading, so you can track your progress. You do have to register in order to track your progress.

Bible Gateway This websiste has the same plans as EWord Today (the second one in this list), except it does not include the New Testament then Old Testament plan. On this site, you can sign up to have the Old Testament/New Testament readings (where you read something from each of the Testaments each day) e-mailed to you, but only in the NIV and KJV translations.