Welcome to Munger’s “The Bible Project”! You are brave and wise to begin this year-long project of reading the entire Bible. So, in this first week, here are a few things to think about:
- The Bible should be read as one huge story (told through a lot of smaller stories, songs, eye-witness accounts, letters, etc.) that tells us how much God loves humanity and the lengths he was and is willing to go to in order to be connected with us.
- The Old Testament is the story of God trying to keep this connection through one specific family – the Israelites. (This week you’ll read about the events that lead up to that family and, on day 5, meet the patriarch.)
- The New Testament is the story of Jesus coming to earth to teach us how to live and then to die to save us all. The remainder is the early Christians figuring out how to live as faithful followers of Christ until he returns.
- Each day you will also read passages from the Psalms and Proverbs. The Psalms are songs and poems written with raw human emotion. Note that anything you’ve felt – joy, rejection, sorrow, elation – are all expressed through the Psalms. Proverbs, on the other hand, are written with the intention of guiding the reader in wisdom. Many actions are contrasted as wise or foolish.
While there is a lot more to know about the Bible, let that be a starting point. Don’t expect to understand everything and if you have questions, ask them. Find a few people to read with so you can discuss your findings and hold each other accountable.
You can do this! And trust us, it will be well worth it!