Bible in a Year Outline

One of the goals I had for our children was that they would have read the entire Bible at least once before they left our home. I accomplished this using a “Read Through the Bible in a Year” outline I found. We would take turns reading chapters to each other daily (sometimes adjusting for chapter length so we each read about the same amount). Each day’s reading required only about 15 - 20 minutes to complete, perhaps a bit longer when we struggled with some of the pronunciations. If we missed a day, we just did two days of reading the next time.

I did this with each of my children individually in their early teen years. When completed each child was given an inexpensive piece of jewelry (e.g., a pewter Bible pendant) so they would always remember this accomplishment. Now that our children are grown I still do this for myself, learning something new from God’s word each year.

When I started we used an outline which walked through the Bible as printed, starting in Genesis and ending in Revelation. In later years I found a chronological outline which takes me through the entire Bible in the order of events. For example, many of David’s Psalms are read when reading about him in 1 Samuel and 2 Chronicles simultaneously. I found this a much more effective way to appreciate this wonderful story!

If you are interested in doing this with your children, below is the chronological outline I’ve used. There are two formats below, one for full-page printing and the other for half-page, two-sided printing to facilitate storing in the front of your Bible. A couple of days are very short (e.g., Ps 133 on May 2nd), but this is what was listed in this outline. (I no longer remember where I got this outline from!)

I hope this will be particularly helpful for Dads to participate in the homeschooling of their children. (Deut. 6:4-7)


Brad Bjorkman

Read Through the Bible in a Year Chronologically - Full Page
Read Through the Bible in a Year Chronologically - Half Page
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