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Just as I have favorite books in the Bible, I also have a few I struggle with. You’ll likely agree with some on my list, but others may surprise.
My least favorite books of the Bible are:
1) Leviticus is packed with laws, rules, and expectations. With patience, there’s much insight to discover. Yet, after a while, my eyes glaze over.
2) Deuteronomy repeats some of Leviticus and adds more. The implications are wonderful, but it’s a tough read for me.
3) Isaiah is loved my many with its frequent allusions to Jesus. Yet it’s also long and plodding for me to read.
4) Jeremiah is an interesting tale, but a discouraging read and may not be in chronological order, adding confusion.
5) Lamentations is a series of five poems or laments, formatted not unlike a funeral dirge. This is not my preferred genre.
6) Ezekiel contains perplexing visions and strange imagery. There’s a lot to unpack.
7) Psalms is essentially a prayer journal. It’s raw and honest, resonating with many, but often distressing me.
8) Hebrews contains incredible information connecting Jesus with the Old Testament, but I struggle to work through it.
9) John is the “go to” gospel for many people, but his poetic style doesn’t click with me.
10) Revelation is a book of an epic battle between good and evil. Good wins. The end. But the details weigh me down.
Which books would you take off my list or add to it?
The Protestant Bible contains 66 books, while the Catholic Bible adds seven more. I’ve read them all, seeing value in each one. But I like some more than others.
Here are my top ten books of the Bible:
1) Luke was a doctor and the only non-Jewish author in the New Testament. He writes as an outsider, more readily connecting with those on the outside. Luke has a straightforward style, with compelling language. The book contains details not found in the other gospels and includes the oft-read Christmas story of Jesus.
2) Acts, also written by Dr Luke, continues where the book of Luke ended. Luke and Acts comprise a gripping two-book combination. Noteworthy in Acts is nearly 100 mentions of the Holy Spirit.
3) Daniel begins with six stories about
Daniel and his three buddies. The last half contains four visions from God
about the future.
4) Jude encourages believers to "contend
for the faith" and contains warnings about ungodly people who have infiltrated
5) James presents many practical teachings. Some misunderstand the book as setting aside faith in favor of good works, but this is not the case.
6) Genesis contains accounts of some colorful characters whose actions are sometimes hard to understand. Yet this is life: raw, perplexing, and occasionally, shocking.
7) Ruth is a captivating story of a
widowed woman's loyalty to her mother-in-law and the resulting reward for her
8) Esther is an intriguing story of obedience, duty, risk, and love.
9) Tobit is a supernatural epic adventure. It would make a great paranormal movie. Really.
10) Judith is the tale of a beautiful woman who daringly delivers her people from their enemies, using beauty and charm, all the while maintaining her virtue.
What are your favorite books in the Bible?