Biblical Literacy for Lent

Many of us find that adding a spiritual practice in Lent helps us to observe a holy season.

One spiritual practice to consider is Bible reading.

The diocese of Maryland is recommending two different Biblical literacy plans, depending upon your own needs and time commitment.  We suggest beginning in Lent and continuing through the Fifty Great Days of Easter and beyond.

Plan 1

NRSV reading plan. Many excellent annotated versions of the New Revised Standard Version translation exist, but one that is conducive to easily reading the Bible in one year is the Daily NRSV Bible. It is divided into 365 short readings that follow the traditional arrangement of the books of the Bible. The Daily Bible also includes prayers and excerpts from Christian spiritual classics to illuminate the readings. It is available in print and in many e-book formats.

Plan 2

 “The Story.” This focuses on the Upper Story, or big picture of the narrative of God unfolding throughout history. This plan provides selected Bible readings over a 31-week period, organized in story form. It can provide an introduction to the Bible or can help those who already know some verses or Bible stories to place them in an overall context.  We suggest doing the readings in a NRSV translation, an ecumenical translation, rather than the Story Bible that is published by Zondervan, an evangelical publisher.  The diocese of Washington began a Biblical literacy project last fall using the selected readings and commentary that provides an Episcopal world view is available on that diocese’s Web site for our use, as well.