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Offline GabrieltheCelt

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Married couples and Bible reading together?
« on: September 07, 2011, 08:28:00 PM »
Hey Y'all!

 My married Baptist and Pentecostal friends read the Bible together every night and I was curious if this is something that Orthodox couples do?  If so, where did you begin: the Old or New Testament?  I'd like to do something like this with my wife and wanted input from other married couples.  Thanks in advance!

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Re: Married couples and Bible reading together?
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2011, 04:18:45 PM »
This is something that my wife and I have recently started to do. To give you a background, I am a Roman Catholic inquirer and she is a nominal Buddhist Japanese. First it started with reading on Saturday night the passages that would be the topic of the homily at the next day's Divine Liturgy, and then I started hitting the "greatest hits" of the Gospels such as certain parables and incidents. Recently, my wife remarked that she had never read any OT, so last night we started with Genesis 1. Of course, a different approach might be better for you two because you already have scriptural literacy.

The church calendar has daily suggested Bible readings, so why not start with that?


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Re: Married couples and Bible reading together?
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2011, 10:27:54 PM »
Can't help it, but normal young married couples would have more fun things to do every night ;)

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Re: Married couples and Bible reading together?
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2011, 10:31:20 PM »
Hey Y'all!

 My married Baptist and Pentecostal friends read the Bible together every night and I was curious if this is something that Orthodox couples do?  If so, where did you begin: the Old or New Testament?  I'd like to do something like this with my wife and wanted input from other married couples.  Thanks in advance!

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Re: Married couples and Bible reading together?
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2011, 10:45:24 PM »
While my wife and I both read the Bible, we almost never bothered to make sure we were reading the same passages, as we were generally thinking about things in completely different ways anyway, and weren't able to learn from each other when it came to that. If we would have done so, I would think I would have suggested the Gospels and Old Testament wisdom literature.

Also, augustin, sex takes about 4 minutes... you don't have time for Bible reading after that?  :P
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Re: Married couples and Bible reading together?
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2011, 10:49:08 PM »
It should take more than 4 minutes.

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Re: Married couples and Bible reading together?
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2011, 11:11:17 PM »
While my wife and I both read the Bible, we almost never bothered to make sure we were reading the same passages, as we were generally thinking about things in completely different ways anyway, and weren't able to learn from each other when it came to that. If we would have done so, I would think I would have suggested the Gospels and Old Testament wisdom literature.

Also, augustin, sex takes about 4 minutes... you don't have time for Bible reading after that?  :P
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We don't really read the Bible together (We differ so much on what we feel like reading at the time that we just read separately...should probably change that :-/ ), but I think that looking at the daily suggested Bible readings is a good idea.


Is there such thing as an Orthodox devotional? I haven't looked. But we used to do devotionals while we were dating -- so there was a little commentary after the Bible verse or chapter.

Also, starting with the New Testament and going through it would be good, since you can talk about applying the principles in your own marriage as well as your personal lives. I think the Gospels and the Epistles would be my top picks as to what to read together. But I'm biased because of my own personal preferences.
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Re: Married couples and Bible reading together?
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2011, 11:17:29 PM »
It should take more than 4 minutes.

Either your sarcasm/joke detector is broken, or mine is.
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Re: Married couples and Bible reading together?
« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2011, 11:22:17 PM »
selam :)
ehm.. I would think the song of songs can be read in so many ways.. even by newly weds. I also think sharing a spiritual life in such a way( reading and praying together ) is perhaps more intimate than some intimate relationships or helps it to become one. which might be very difficult to sustain but beautiful if one could. i would not know though never being in that position myself  :) good luck though  ;D
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Re: Married couples and Bible reading together?
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2011, 11:37:51 PM »
I try and and read the daily readings but find it difficult to read together with my wife. I sometimes discuss the readings with her which is a positive.We have stated many times our intentions to read together but something comes up or we become preoccupied with our children.
Having said when I read Bible, I believe that I'm reading for both of us. My thinking stems from believing that my wife and I have become one through the Mystery of Marriage.  ;D
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