Can anyone tell me which books of the Bible are absolutely essential to read and which are more superfluous?

Can anyone tell me which books of the Bible are absolutely essential to read and which are more superfluous? I don't have much free time so I'd prefer to skip over books that are generally ignored by most Christians

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    they are not really Christian if they ignore books in the Bible, but if you must start somewhere, then the gospels are absolutely essential and absolutely key. Gospel of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >they are not really Christian if they ignore books in the Bible
      I don't know, it seems like a hell of a lot of Christians disregard all the rules from Leviticus

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        and it makes sense! Remember, the New Testament is a New Covenent, a new deal. The traditions of the Old Testament are important to be sure, in fact a lot carried over in the form of capital T Tradition that a lot of people still practice, but this does not mean one blindly follows all the laws and rules of the Old Testament which were for ancient israelites in a set time and place. you have to understand those laws in the proper context and setting. if all of this seems arbitrary, then that is what the role of The Church is supposed to give guidance on, such as the Roman Catholic Church's Catechisms which define in greater detail the exact creed, sacraments, christian life, and prayers

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Very interesting, thank you for giving me a genuine explanation instead of calling me a moron.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >all the laws and rules of the Old Testament which were for ancient israelites in a set time and place
          That's a weird explanation. Is this really what Christians believe on the topic?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        you have to understand the intent for most of the laws; primarily the ritual and purity laws. god was giving the israelites a standard to set them apart from their neighbors in order to spread his word. those 2 sets of laws are usually the cheap gotchas atheist quote, eating shellfish or pig and priests not cutting their hair. the moral laws, ones written by gods finger, and the laws pertaining to them are the ones to pay attention to.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          No, that's false. God was laying out his law, and a lot of Christians are ignoring it.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        To add to this anon's answer

        and it makes sense! Remember, the New Testament is a New Covenent, a new deal. The traditions of the Old Testament are important to be sure, in fact a lot carried over in the form of capital T Tradition that a lot of people still practice, but this does not mean one blindly follows all the laws and rules of the Old Testament which were for ancient israelites in a set time and place. you have to understand those laws in the proper context and setting. if all of this seems arbitrary, then that is what the role of The Church is supposed to give guidance on, such as the Roman Catholic Church's Catechisms which define in greater detail the exact creed, sacraments, christian life, and prayers

        here is the part of the bible that explains it:
        Hebrews 8:8-13

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It's ALL essential, but if you want my earnest opinion on what MUST be read, though I am no scholar or Bible teacher, just a Christian, then:

        Genesis
        Exodus
        Deuteronomy
        Joshua
        1 & 2 Samuel
        1 & 2 Kings
        Psalms
        Isaiah
        Malachi
        Matthew
        Mark
        Luke
        John (and, to me, while Matthew and John may be the most important, Luke and John are my favorites of the four, but Mark is no less necessary)
        Acts
        1 Corinthians
        Ephesians
        Romans
        1 Timothy
        The Epistles of John
        James
        Revelation
        ...

        You know what, nevermind. There's nothing which can be skipped. That list skips a lot, yet look how long it is! Anything you skip you're either losing information necessary for understanding other parts of Scripture, or missing important historical context, or missing some other valuable and vital piece of the Bible and the past.

        Not even the israelites follow the rules of Leviticus, as they have no Temple. Even so, Leviticus is one of the most, in my opinion, symbolically relevant books of Scripture.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'd say Matthew should cover the basics.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The Bible

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    This is a book that you ought to read slowly and not rush. Read four chapters a day at most, you'll g through it in a year. Start with the New Testament. It's the most relevant part of the book for a Christian. Much of the questions you'll have when reading the Old Testament, such as cryptic references to resurrection and the relevance of the Law, is answered there

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Matthew and proverbs, psalms, but definitely read the whole book

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Leviticus 23:22

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The gospels and Revelation for the NT. Genesis, Exodus, Judges, Daniel, Job, Psalms, Proverbs and Song of Solomon. You should read the whole thing but those will be the essential ones for literature students/serious readers.

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Newcomer Christian here, is there possibility if pray everyday for something I want to get in the afterlife, can I get it?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You need to talk to God(tm) in order to get into heaven? Okay but why?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      In the afterlife, you'll lack nothing. Christ already knows your desires, so, presumably, if what you desire is permissible within the bounds of God's plans for our true lives (the afterlife), He has probably purposed to give it to you already. You don't move the heart of God by praying for something one million times. Elijah earnestly prayed that God would shut up the Heavens and it did not rain for three years and a half years. Did the Word say, Elijah prayed daily that it would not rain for three years? He only prayed once that Elisha's eyes would be opened and they were. Christ only prayed once that we would be one with God as He and the Father are One, and so we are in Him and will be. "God is in Heaven and you are on Earth, therefore let your words be few." Anyway, in my opinion, yes. It is very possible, depending on what it is and what God has for us to do in the afterlife.

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Genesis and Exodus, and the gospels. And you'll know more than 80% of church going Christians.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    job genesis and the gospels everything else is filler

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You haven't read the Bible.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Elliot's Husband

    Genesis, anything by the Apostles and Romans are ones that come to me off the top of my head. I am sure I am forgetting something but these should cover the basics.

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Mark. Unironically, that's literally it.

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I will always recommend 'Bible in a Year' with Fr. Mike Schmitz. Description is in the name and Fr. Schmitz does a good job at explaining historical/cultural ideas as they come across.
    Even if you don't want to listen to the podcast, you can download the reading list and follow that.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah, I read the bible in a year. As far as podcasts go Pints with Aquinas is pretty good

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    For this reading tactic, I'd suggest you the first and the last books of each Testament. That'd be Genesis, Malachi (Old Testament), and for the New Testament it's Matthew and Revelation.
    >The reason for my suggestion is that you can read the extreme ends of each Testament, filling in the middle, more moderate parts by yourself by passively contemplating 'what could have happened' and by looking at the world around you and interacting with it.
    >t. I read the Bible 3 times, with a 1/2 version split

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