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March 12, 2010

Sacred Scripture: Modus Operandi

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Besides taking on the daunting task of reading the whole Bible, probably more than once, there is a lot of information available from a variety of sources to note. A checklist of items to cover will go a long way to keeping me on track.


General (overview) information on the Bible is summarized, based on:

  • Introductory text from various translations.
  • The Cathecism of the Catholic Church
  • The articles linked on the New Advent Bible page
  • Relevant portions of Bible study guides and references

For each book of the Bible,

  1. Create a summary posting based on the template.
  2. Fill in as much info as possible from (in order):
    • Nelson’s Bible Handbook
    • Introductions to the book in various translations.
    • Relevant portions of Bible study guides and references
  3. Write an outline based on story headings.
  4. Read and summarize the stories.
  5. Read the footnotes and other commentary and note as appropriate.
  6. Add to separate lists any ideas for, questions about or notes on specific themes or topics.
  7. When a chapter is finished, update my Bible Reading Log.

When exploring a story more deeply,

  1. Draft a new post.
  2. Read available commentaries.
  3. Write summaries of various viewpoints, compare and contrast.
  4. Publish the post and link it to the summary using a [more] link.

Regarding translations,

  • Summaries will be based primarily on the New American Bible (NAB) and Ignatius Bible (RSV-SCE).
  • Other translations will be scanned for any subtle inconsistencies in language and footnotes.

Future reading efforts:

  • The NIV will be read for significant differences in text, footnotes and understanding.
  • The Vulgate will be read for a better understanding of Latin.

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