Taking the Tour

The Bible is big; its world is huge; its people are remarkable. Reading with modern eyes and western values, we miss a lot. Tour this world right now, from wherever you are; your Bible reading will never be the same. 

Reading the Bible is just plain wonderful; there’s nothing like it. No matter how much we study, there are always new things to learn beyond the next hill. As we begin our tour, we’ll discover new ways to understand what it says, our reading will become more vivid, and we’ll develop a closeness to the curious and wonderful people who inhabit its story.

Better yet, we’ll develop a deeper understanding of the Author of the Book, the Living God, the Shining Hero of the Story.

Start with our Touring the Bible blog:


Where we’ll regularly share fun & interesting things (that we hope) you never knew. Over time, we’ll add further resources here, to help you get the most out of your personal study of God’s Word.


Christian Living

Learning all about the Bible and its people is fascinating, but applying it to our lives is what it’s really all about. If we lack growth and enthusiasm for God’s word, it’s like teaching a chef to create beautiful dishes that lack flavor or nutrition.

We’re going to add beauty to our Bible reading, but it will remain as tasty and spiritually nourishing as ever. We’d invite you to check our Christian living blog:

Reading Through the Bible

It’s not hard in itself, but we can make things difficult, if we’d like…

It’s possible to start at Genesis and read straight through to Revelation, and many try: mostly only once. Some insist there’s a better way, at least until we get familiar with all the Bible has to offer. We’ll hear many Bible stories in sermons, study groups, and Sunday school, but may never notice that there’s really only one, big Bible story.

It all fits together

It’s a lot like looking at the pieces of a picture puzzle. Some bits are interesting all by themselves, some just seem like visual clutter, and some clearly look like they probably fit together to make a bigger picture. Yet when they’re all fit completely together, everything matters, everything contributes to the picture, and all sorts of new spots pop out for us to examine. Even the pieces of noisy clutter show themselves as vivid detail.

The Bible is a library of ancient scrolls; God chose to provide it through different writers, living in different times and places. There’s overlap, there’s duplication, and in some places, the story has gaps. The curious among us can fill in with information from other sources, even though they’re not the Bible. They fit together, nicely.

It’s all been organized…

Over the centuries, scholars have broken the books into chapters and verses, and numbered everything. Then they arranged the individual books into groups, and  tried to put those groups into some rough chronological order.

The books themselves aren’t always completely chronological; the book of Jeremiah is fairly scrambled: something like a scrapbook. There’s a reason for that; the original copy was destroyed, the version given to us is a reconstruction with new parts added, and the book of Jeremiah itself explains why and contains the full account of the crazy times in which that book was written.

…but we can do more

We rarely hear of Jeremiah’s story, though it’s rich and fascinating, and has many lessons for us today. To read it, we’d have to skip around the book, also jumping into 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles. Some of the events in Jeremiah even intertwine with events in the earlier parts of Ezekiel. While the two prophets never mention one another, Ezekiel probably saw or heard of Jeremiah’s prophesying in Jerusalem, before Ezekiel went into exile.

While it sounds complicated, it all becomes clear when we read the Bible chronologically. It’s actually easy, and there are lots of resources that make it even easier.

Can you believe this?

There are audio Bibles, and while they won’t help us chronologically, they give something useful: the recording time for each book. We can add up all the minutes, and divide by the 365 days in a year. It won’t matter which audio Bible you check out; you could listen to the Bible in a year by taking just 12-13 minutes a day. That means if we read at the speed we speak, we could easily read the Bible in a year, committing only 12-13 minutes a day.

That’s probably not the best way to do it, but it does show how realistic it is to read through the Bible in the first place. And hey, if you run a little late, take longer; your Bible will patiently wait for you. Just don’t give up.

Building up a strategy…

You’ll want to take more than 12-13 minutes a day, though. Read carefully, and see what God’s Word has to say to you. Read with a good Bible handbook alongside, so you can read about the passages you’re studying for that day. These will give background and crucial historical context, and will help you understand things that you might miss.

There are also numerous lessons to be taught, that leave things unsaid because they were common knowledge back in the day, but not now. The first time we supplement our reading of each passage with reading about that passage will probably be filled with surprises.

…on top of strategies that have been built for you…

If you google the following four words: chronological bible study plan 

you’ll be presented with many, many alternatives. You can also buy a chronological Bible, but this commits us to a rigidly fixed study plan, and might be best tried after we understand the differences. To someone just starting out they’ll all look the same, and the differences may not matter to some of us. Understand that no chronological plan is perfect, and some will let you read large passages in one individual book before going somewhere else, while others will have you flipping back and forth a lot.

…and one strategy will fit you best

The advantage of lots of flipping is that the developing story becomes far clearer. (Personally, I prefer this, but that’s just me…) The disadvantage of all that flipping is, well, obvious. Depending on what you want, we can explain what to look for.

If you just want a basic picture of what’s in the Bible, then the “non-flipping” plans will probably suffice.  They’ll all tend to be laid out in daily readings, to go through the Bible in a year. For a non-flipping plan, each daily reading will be either in a single book, or occasionally in two different books. This will let you see a clear story, in much of the Bible.

Understand though, that while many of us can clearly tell the story of characters like David, or Paul, a lot fewer can tell the stories of Jeremiah, or Ezekiel, or the wonderful dynamic between Isaiah and king Hezekiah. Each has a wonderfully detailed story, though we’ll probably see them best if we use a plan that has us flipping around.

The flipping-around plans will sometimes stay placidly in a single book, but may occasionally have us galloping around in up to four different books each day. The really ambitious ones may even have us jumping back and forth.

A life-changing step:

The most important thing is to choose a plan you think you can follow, stick with it, and consider reading alongside a good Bible handbook. On your second time through, get a Bible atlas, and get familiar with the basic lay of the land. There will be many places where it’s just assumed that the reader knows what’s in the neighborhood.

Don’t be intimidated by all the detail; you’ve read your Bible just fine up ’till now, and you’ll continue to do so. Yet reading through the Bible once is often just the starting point. For many of us, it becomes part of our lives, taking just a tiny bit of daily study, but enriching us in marvelous ways.

We’re guessing that you’ll never be the same…

Greetings From the Author

Hi, my name’s Wes, and I’ve studied the Bible and its background for over 40 years. I’m an enthusiastic amateur, who hopes you’ll become enthusiastic, too. Nothing here will try changing your doctrines, but expect to find a greater love for God’s Word.

God originally offered His scriptures, book by book, to people very different from ourselves. He offered it in their language, but also gave it using their ways of thinking, using illustrations and metaphors from their world. Sometimes the differences are easy to spot and figure out, but sometimes, not so much.

That’s when the fun begins.

Don’t get me wrong; we both know that God has made His word very readable to all of us. He’s given us the words that bring eternal life, and they’re plainly there, for all to see. He’s given us lessons that can help us lead better, happier, and more fulfilled lives, and to help others, as we travel together through life. But there’s more…

The ancient, unfamiliar, and almost alien world of the Bible is filled with surprises for those who read with modern, western eyes. Generations of archaeologists, historians, and scholars of all types have written libraries filled with books that tell so much. Only they’re written by brilliant people, for other brilliant people, using their language, their ways of thinking, and using illustrations and metaphors from their world. Seems we’re right back where we started.

Not so fast. What we need is a Bible nerd: someone who’s really “into” reading all that stuff. We need an enthusiastic amateur, who’ll go through all that material, and retell the best parts in everyday language. We need someone who’ll read all the dry, dusty stuff, so everyone else doesn’t have to. I’m here to give it my best.

I’ve no doubt that your Bible reading has gone just fine, all along. Yet if I do my job right, We’ll add an element of surprise and delight. You’ll start seeing new things that you’ve read right past, in previous study. Things will seem very different.

Let’s study this amazing world, together.

I also ask you to occasionally spot check some of the things you see on this site. I double-check everything I do, but I’m a fallible human, while you are a valued second set of eyes. None of the info here is classified; it’s all out there and widely available. Even though it tends to be rarely mentioned in our sermons or Sunday schools, it’s easy to find if you know to look for it. It seems that there are many interesting things to learn about but some just get overlooked. You probably find your own private study of the Bible to be wonderfully enriching. I’ve found that the more I learn about the amazing people and places inside the Bible, the more vivid my reading becomes.

This site is my gift to you, with hopes that it’ll help you in the same way. Please, use the “Tell Us What’s On Your Mind” form if you have suggestions, ideas for a post, or criticisms. (And please be kind. That’ll be your gift to me…)

We’ll be avoiding particular doctrines, other than the certainty that the Bible is God’s Word, and that our salvation is through the blood of Christ. Beyond these, I’ll make every effort to point out where there are controversies in those very rare cases where a doctrinal matter might manage to come up. I’ll do my best to give everyone’s interpretations a fair shake. I have no interest in telling you how to read your Bible, other than urging you very strongly to read it…

While I’ve done a reasonable bit of reading over the decades and think I may have something to share, there’s another way you can help make this site even better. You can also use the “Tell Us What’s On Your Mind” form to notify me if you find an error in this site. I’d really appreciate it if you could use it to help me correct any error you may find. In the end, I’ll have to make the decision as to what does and does not constitute an error, but I suspect that most visitors will find me very accommodating.

That’s important, because unless this site becomes as good as we can make it, it won’t be able to fulfill its “secret plan.” That plan is freely revealed here only to those interested enough to read to the very bottom of this page. The real purpose of this site is to make reading the Bible more interesting to every visitor here. If they find it more interesting, they’ll do more of it. And if they read more of God’s Word, well, that’s just gotta change some lives. Shhhhh…

I think it’s a good plan, and that it can go far. With your ideas and your prayers, it can go much, much farther. Please feel welcome to visit often & don’t forget to tell your friends.

In His Love…

Wes Brzozowski