If you were to mention Bible reading to someone, you might get a number of responses. Among the most popular is probably, "I just don't have the time to read the Bible!" I used to think along these lines, too, but one day I decided to sit down and crunch some numbers. I was trying to figure out exactly how long it would take to read the Bible. To give the straightforward answer, based on the average reading speed of Americans (250 words per minute) it only takes 52 hours and 40 minutes to read through the entire Bible. If you think that's a long time, let's break those 52 hours down into a few amazing facts.
If you were to read the New Testament only one hour per day, you could read the entire New Testament a total of 29 times - plus some extra! You could do the same thing with the Old Testament and read it through a total of 9 times! Think of how many times you would read through the Bible by reading for one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening!
All of that seems like a lot, but when you break the Bible down into its smaller books, the task seems much less daunting. Only 7 books out of 66 take two or more hours to read. While that seems large, there are 24 books of those 66 that take 10 minutes or less each to read.
It only takes 13 hours and 10 minutes to read one-quarter of the Bible. Does that amaze you? Consider the fact that the entire Bible can be read through 7 times in one year by reading only one hour per day. That means that if you start reading the Bible at the age of 20, you'll have read the Bible through 406 times by the average age expectancy of Americans.
Most people think that Psalms is considerably longer than the rest of the books of the Bible. But this isn't true. In fact, Psalms is only 14% longer than Genesis, 11% longer than Ezekiel, and only 2% longer than Jeremiah. Even though it's the longest book in the Bible, it's not quite as long as you might think.
There is no single book of the Bible that takes 3 hours to read. That means that every single book of the Bible can be read in about the time it takes to watch an average movie or less! If we have time to watch a movie, then we have time to read the Bible!
These are just a few facts concerning how long it takes to read the Bible. Do these facts amaze you? Try them out, and see if they work!
- Justin D. Beard