How Many Times Have You Read Through the Entire Bible?

Although it is always hard to get an accurate assessment, how many times would you guess you have read through the entire Bible?

This should be based upon reading programs -- whether from Genesis to Revelation or some other schedule -- in addition to personal guesses.

For example, if you preach/teach through the Word, you might be reading through the entire Bible doing a survey course, etc.

Many of us have certain books or sections we have read through more often.  Most of us have probably read through the New Testament many more times, for example.   But use the "least read" book for a template.



Never read through entire Bible
0% (0 votes)
1-3 times
14% (3 votes)
4-10 times
24% (5 votes)
More than 10 times
48% (10 votes)
14% (3 votes)
Total votes: 21
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TylerR's picture

I really have no idea. I've never followed a Bible reading plan or kept track. The last four months, I know I've read:

  • all the OT Historical Books
  • Exodus - Deuteronomy
  • The Major Prophets + Lamentations
  • Revelation
  • Mark
  • Luke
  • John
  • 1-2 Timothy
  • I'm reading Genesis now - I estimate it's been two years since I last read it.

Just really hard to tell how many times I've read through the Bible. I should keep track for fun.

Tyler Robbins is a former Pastor. He lives with his family in Olympia, WA. He blogs as the Eccentric Fundamentalist

Ron Bean's picture

I did manage to read (OK listen on tape) to the whole Bible in a month twice. (I can still hear Alexander Scourby.) It was beneficial in truly seeing the big picture. I still tend to read an entire letter at once, even if I'm only studying a portion and I've used reading plans to read through in a year 5 or 6 times.

When I went to seminary year ago, I told my mother that I wanted a Scofield Reference Bible and she said that I could have one of her old, used ones. She went to her attic and brought down a box of at least a dozen that were heavily marked and held together with rubber bands. I knew that she got up early each day for her personal prayer and Bible reading so I asked her how often she had read through the Bible.  She told me that she did it 3 or 4 times a year. This was a lady who had worked full-time and raised 3 kids along with teaching Sunday School. The memory keeps me humble, makes me feel blessed, and explains a lot about her.

"Some things are of that nature as to make one's fancy chuckle, while his heart doth ache." John Bunyan

Jim's picture

Some disclaimers (empty nesters & we lead a quiet life)

  • My wife and I read the Scriptures together in the evenings after dinner
  • We do this almost every day with some exceptions. Eg we entertained a relative for dinner last night and did not. Two weeks ago my wife was at the hospital on consecutive days and we missed two days
  • We both have MacBooks and I share my screen with her
  • For the OT I read three chapters pausing at the end of each chapter where: I may ask her a question or we have some discussion.
  • For the NT we do 1 chapter a day
  • The last time we came to Matthew (January '16) we used AT Robinsons harmony of the Gospels
  • In general it takes us a year and a half to go through the Bible


josh p's picture

Ron, thanks for sharing that. I always love to hear about the "behind the scenes" Christians who labor faithfully for the Lord.

Ed Vasicek's picture

I am not a member of the Bible reading police, but, in my view, LISTENING through the Bible counts!

Biblical literacy is truly at an all time low.  I have known evangelical ministers who have never read through the entire Bible one time!

Jim Peet, I appreciate your link to the up and coming book on the Old Testament.  As one who loves the Old Testament, I have long marveled at how many Christians claim to believe the first description of the Bible in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, namely, that all Scripture is INSPIRED, but reject the next phrase that teaches all Scripture is PROFITABLE.

I preach a lot of OT (at least 50%), and some folks really love that, but a few folks have less than positive attitudes.  They may criticize my sermon, but I have concluded is that what they are really disliking is the text itself.  I have had a number of negative responses to my preaching not because of my style, outline, or content, but because people just don't like OT, especially narrative portions.  Other people who love the OT love the same sermons.  Such bi-polar reactions to the same sermons make the point.

People won't say they don't profit from the Old Testament, but it is what they really think -- at least some people.  Oh, they might be okay with Psalms or Proverbs, but they don't see the need for the rest.

Even pastors (especially untrained pastors) may think of the Old Testament as not relevant to the believer.  That's why the term "First" or "Earlier" Testament is a better term.  "Old" comes across to many people as obsolete.

I suppose we all have books that we like better than others.  I love I Timothy, for example, but don't get too excited about Song of Solomon.  But I believe I can learn and grow from it all.

Fortunately, many Christians love the enire Word.


"The Midrash Detective"

TylerR's picture

"First covenant" is an inspired reference (Heb 8:7), the term "old testament" isn't! That is very good food for thought, Ed. Thanks.

Tyler Robbins is a former Pastor. He lives with his family in Olympia, WA. He blogs as the Eccentric Fundamentalist

pvawter's picture

We started a church reading plan this year to read through the whole Bible in 2 years. It's been very encouraging to overhear some of the discussions people are having about Exodus and Leviticus. The ladies' fellowship meet yesterday to read Lev 23 and Psalm 70 and discuss. From what I heard, it was fruitful.

We've been following along as a family, and it's been great to discuss with the kids and hear them ask questions. Another benefit is how my 5 & 7 year olds are improving their reading skills by reading Scripture each day.