Sometimes we can be guilty of reading the Bible too forensically…we focus on word meanings, passages and contexts, commentaries and daily devotions…and sometimes, as a result of this, we draw conclusions that can be at odds with the bigger picture of scripture.
Some excellent books have been published down through the years to help us do this, but I’ve recently stumbled upon a really useful resource that can be found online and through a handy, ‘through-the-Bible-in-a-year’ app.
It’s all the work of an American organisation called ‘The Bible Project’, a small team of theologians and artists who create the most amazing animated Bible overviews.
The Bible Project is a non-profit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated Bible videos and other Bible resources to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. We create 100% free Bible videos, podcasts, and Bible resources to help people experience the story of the Bible. From page one to the final word, we believe the Bible is a unified story that leads to Jesus. This diverse collection of ancient books overflows with wisdom for our modern world. As we let the biblical story speak for itself, we believe the message of Jesus will transform individuals and entire communities. Many people have misunderstood the Bible as a collection of inspirational quotes or a divine instruction manual dropped from heaven. Most of us gravitate toward sections we enjoy while avoiding parts that are confusing or even disturbing.from their website
As well as videos and charts giving overviews of every Bible book, and videos introducing Bible words and themes, they have developed a devotional app that takes you through the big themes of the Bible in a year.
The introductory video, downloadable HERE gives an overview of their approach.
Then there are two ways to access the devotional: you can sign up for a daily email HERE, or download the ReadScripture app from Apple’s app store for iPhone or iPad, or from Google Play for the Android version.
I have been using the Bible book overview charts for some time when preparing talks, but have recently started using the ReadScripture app as part of my daily devotions.
A really useful resource.