January 14, 2004





How much of the Bible have you read?

Most of it at one point or another, due mostly to rigorous Sunday School teachers.

Jane, 63
West Linn, OR USA

I've read it all, at least once.

Ryan, 29
Riedlingen GERMANY

I've read both the Old Testament and the New Testament through three times. I've read the Psalms, Proverbs, Job and Revelations more often.

Jill, 61
Saylorsburg, PA USA

Most of it. Both Old and New Testaments. Living the message is more important than reading it, in my snooty opinion.

Laura, 38
Lowell, MA USA

Maybe a line or two. I'm not religious.

Talia, 25
Tallahassee, FL USA

Probably not as much as I should have. Catholics now have a three-year cycle of readings for the Sunday Masses, so I've read everything in the three-year cycle now. That's a reading from the Old Testament, a reading from either Acts or an epistle, and a gospel reading from Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John, every Sunday. When I was a sixth-grader, the priest who taught our religion class let us pick a book of the Bible to study, and we did Revelation. In college, I
was a senior looking for one more theology class to fill the graduation requirement. My advisor wouldn't let me take "Comparative Religions" because "it's only a sophomore class and won't look good on your transcript". I was stuck with "Radical Political Prophets of the Old Testament" and read Hosea and three other prophets I can't even remember the names of now. A few years ago I took a Bible Study class which covered Luke in pretty good detail. However, it turned out to be more stressful than inspirational, so I haven't done another one.

Cathie, 54
Novi, MI USA

I have read a lot of different parts of the Bible. Sometimes I will just open it and start reading wherever the page falls to. I do know, however, that I have read all of Genesis, Exodus, Ruth, and Matthew. I should read the Bible more often though, as I have been slacking in this category lately.

Melodi, 19
Gahanna, OH USA

A verse here, a chapter there.

Keri-Jade, 23
Brampton, Ontario CANADA

All of it. I also take bible study classes at my church that will study specific chapters or books of the Bible. I have listen to most of the new testament on CD spoken by Max McLean, who has an unusual accent and speaking voice, but who brings the bible alive - the Bible was originally an oral tradition passed down from generations.

Janet, 46
E. Brunswick, NJ USA

Enough to be disgusted.

Karen, 23
Ames, IA USA

I read it cover-to-cover when I was 18 or 19. Prior to that one of the meetings I went to coverd 3 to 5 chapters every week. About 5 years ago I tried reading the Koran but only got about 3 books in.

Alias Irrelevante

Bits and pieces of the Old and New Testament with various Psalms thrown in. Typical for a young person raised Catholic.

Felicia, 37
Lowell, MA USA

very little. I'm not a christian

Alice, 23
Wincehster UK

Not to sound pretentious, but i believe i have read most of it. but there is a major difference between reading it and understanding it. to understand it one must actively live out what it teaches, not just in part where it is easy to do so, but the difficult parts. the parts that seem to go against everything this world advocates (tolerance,passivity,etc) but to seek the heart of The One who inspired it and to hate what He hates and to love what He loves.

Melissa C., 27
Cutlerville, MI USA

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