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« on: April 25, 2011, 10:54:05 AM »

Any of them? I personally am refraining from much of the New Testament because so much of what Christ says and does resonates to me on a completely different personal level than I find a comparison with OT books. That's not to say I don't hold the OT higher, but I think it's unfair to compare the wisdom of old to the wisdom of God. Correct me if I am wrong.

I've been reading through the Book of Job again and it brings to my attention just how wonderful this book is. Even on it's own, it would easily rate as one of the greatest books in all of human history, it's an all time classic. It's haunting, beautiful, mysterious, thought-provoking, etc. What it means to me puts theodicy in an entirely different perspective. Instead of questioning God for suffering, I instead turn the question back onto myself; God acts like the great Questioner, reversing the roles and we answer the questions He gives us. It does put my mind at rest in regards to human suffering, maybe not so much child suffering, but on an adult level it does. I find solace in knowing God's Will is itself a mystery.

Another book I find just as fascinating is Ecclesiastes. I believe this is the only book in the Bible where God does not speak? But this philosopher is in the vain pursuit of meaning and purpose. Here is where any God-substitutes merely fail; the emptiness of removing God to a position of remoteness and irrelevance. This very emptiness that modern man tries to cover up with thousands of distractions, and Ecclesiastes blows it the cover.

I am very thankful that the Jews included these two books in their canon.

I guess a third book that always resonated with me was Revelation, and this was the only book of the Bible I ever read as a child. It fascinated me with its imagery and symbolism that would allow my imagination to run free, to thinking of the vision of the New Jerusalem in all its glory. It doesn't resonate to me that much anymore as it did as a child, but I do turn to it to remind myself of the awesome redemptive power of God and his love and mercy for His people.

Proverbs and Sirach I also highly enjoy for its wisdom and guidance.

I don't think there is a bad book in the Bible, but there are few the resonate with me more.
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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2011, 11:32:48 AM »

My favorites, hands down, are Ecclesiastes and Proverbs.

Since I spend a lot of time writing and studying to draft intel reports and research papers, I often feel that the more I know, the more futile of an exercise the acquisition of knowledge is. Ecclesiastes completely speaks to me on this level, almost to a point where I just want to eat and drink and be satisfied with my work (work that I sometimes wish has nothing to do with the acquisition of knowledge!). There are so many great verses that I quote over and over again. For some reason, this book also works for my secular friends, who still feel that same emptiness, even if they don't think that it's because of a lack of belief in God.


And Proverbs...always the little bits that help me reflect on my behavior! If I don't have a lot of time, I'll open to Proverbs and reflect on 5 verses.
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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2011, 11:39:59 AM »

John. Hands down.
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2011, 11:50:37 AM »

The Gospels, the NT (minus Revelation, though I still revere Revelation of course) overall, Ecclesiastes, Ruth, Job, Jonah, Daniel, Zecharia. The OT is most variable especially in the prophets and even in the law as Deuteronomy 5 & 6, Leviticus 19 etc. really inspire for ex.
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2011, 12:29:57 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2011, 12:51:44 PM »

I always enjoyed the Wisdom books (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and, once I left the Protestant canon behind, Wisdom of Solomon, and Sirach).

Judges and 1 & 2 Kingdoms (or Samuel, as it were) were my favorites of the Historical books.

Daniel and Revelation always ranked high for me among the Prophetic books (I firmly believe the Archangel Michael protected me from some of the stranger aberrations of Evangelical Eschatology through these books [that is, I was never a dispensationalist, Chiliaist, or a believer in any of the theories of the Rapture], and Revelation went a large way to quelling any objections I might have had lingering over the place of the Theotokos and the saints in the Church).

St John's has always been my favorite gospel and his letters are my favorite Epistles (though my favorite Bible verse since I was a wee one comes from St Paul, Galatians 2:20).

Exodus is my favorite book of the Law.
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« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2011, 03:48:31 PM »

Probably James from the New Testament, and Tobit from the Old Testament. I guess I just like wisdom literature disguised as something other than wisdom literature Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2011, 03:51:27 PM »

Probably James from the New Testament, and Tobit from the Old Testament. I guess I just like wisdom literature disguised as something other than wisdom literature Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2011, 03:53:16 PM »

Probably James from the New Testament, and Tobit from the Old Testament. I guess I just like wisdom literature disguised as something other than wisdom literature Smiley

Same here.
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« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2011, 03:58:26 PM »

In order: Gospels, Psalms, Romans, Hebrews, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Kingdoms, Isaiah, Tobit, Ezekiel, 2 Esdras, Apocalypse, Wisdom of Solomon, Micah.
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« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2011, 05:33:09 PM »

Ecclesiastes has always been a long time favorite. But lately it has been Genesis and Acts. I love how much is in Genesis. It is so much more than story/history; it has layers. So many allegories about life and human existence. Plus I love imagining the story of life in my mind as it unfolds. The earth was so different back then and humanity was so new, it seems almost like another reality altogether. Then over and over you see the same story of something needing redemption and God providing. Same reasons I love Acts. Visualizing Paul giving some sweeping speech with all the humility in the world.
Guess I like my Bible how I like my movies; great stories that have multiple layers Smiley  laugh
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« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2011, 05:42:17 PM »

OT--Genesis & the Psalms
NT--Gospel according to St. John and the Epistle to the Galatians
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« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2011, 06:06:32 PM »

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« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2011, 08:31:54 PM »

John. Hands down.

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« Reply #15 on: April 26, 2011, 08:58:03 PM »

The Epistle of St. James and the Book of Daniel.

I've always loved this books and appreciated St. James and the Prophet Daniel. I loved them both, as people, even as a Protestant. Then I became Orthodox and got to have a devotion to them and actually know them. Then, of course, becoming Orthodox, I got to see the FULL book of Daniel...which is beautiful! The Song of the Three Youths is beautiful, as is the tale of Susanna. I also love Bel and the Dragon.

I must also say I love the Gospel of St. John the Theologian, and have a bit of a devotion to him, as well. The Gospel of St. Matthew as well. I would be hard-pressed to pick an absolute favorite between the two, because I love them both for completely opposite reasons!

I also love Tobit and Ezekiel's vision of the dry bones is probably my favorite vision narrative in the OT, immediately before Isaiah's vision of the Heavenly Temple. I also love the last part of 3 Kings and the first of 4 Kings for the narrative of Elijah, who I also love. As well as the section of 2 Chronicles which records the letter Elijah sent to Jehoram after Elijah had been taken into Paradise by the fiery chariot.

St. Paul's Epistle to the Hebrews is probably my favorite NT epistle.
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« Reply #16 on: April 27, 2011, 12:31:12 AM »

Ecclesiastes has always spoken to me about the uselessness of the material. I also like Genesis and Daniel in the OT, St. John and Acts in the New.
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« Reply #17 on: April 27, 2011, 01:08:44 AM »

My favorites, hands down, are Ecclesiastes and Proverbs.

Me too!  Along with the Gospels and St. James.

And Proverbs...always the little bits that help me reflect on my behavior! If I don't have a lot of time, I'll open to Proverbs and reflect on 5 verses.

 Here's a unique way that I read Proverbs that you may like as well.  So, there are typically 31 days in a month and there are 31 chapters in Proverbs.  Sooo, what I do is read one corresponding chapter a day.  For example, today is the 26th so you would read chapter Proverbs 26.  On months that don't have 31 days, I'll read two chapters on the last day of that month.  Hope you liked that.  Smiley

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« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2011, 03:50:59 AM »

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 Here's a unique way that I read Proverbs that you may like as well.  So, there are typically 31 days in a month and there are 31 chapters in Proverbs.  Sooo, what I do is read one corresponding chapter a day.  For example, today is the 26th so you would read chapter Proverbs 26.  On months that don't have 31 days, I'll read two chapters on the last day of that month.  Hope you liked that.  Smiley

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« Reply #21 on: April 27, 2011, 09:56:32 AM »

If I were to pick three... Ecclesiastes for sure, the Epistle of James, and the Gospel of John. And the Psalms. Okay, that's four.
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« Reply #22 on: April 27, 2011, 11:02:58 AM »

Man, Ecclesiastes is getting some strong love.
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« Reply #23 on: April 27, 2011, 11:20:36 AM »

Sirach and Wisdom of Solomon. Amazing books.

3/4 Esdras / Apocalypse of Ezra is also fascinating.
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« Reply #24 on: April 27, 2011, 11:46:28 AM »

Probably James from the New Testament, and Tobit from the Old Testament. I guess I just like wisdom literature disguised as something other than wisdom literature Smiley

Same here.

Ditto; Tobit is a very moving book.  Although I am also very fond of Sirach and Wisdom.
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