April 1, 2010

N.T. Wright on Reading Scripture

From Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship (Eerdmans 1995):
"People do not always, perhaps, realize how natural and easy reading whole books of the Bible can be.  You can read through Colossians quite slowly in about twelve minutes; you can get through Hebrews in under an hour.  John may take longer, but time will quickly become a secondary consideration.  I am convinced that using a lectionary - reading the Bible in little snippets - is a second-order activity; the primary activity ought to be reading the Bible in large chunks, to get its full flavor and thrust" (x-xi).

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