So, as with so many good intentions, I got way behind on my reading and posting book reviews. It just occurred to me that there is no better re-entry point than the Book I am currently reading. Every January I try to choose a new Bible reading plan that will take me through the Bible in one year. I have accomplished this feat several times, but the last few years have been slightly overwhelming. This year, I found the Archaeological Study Bible. I already know that I will not likely make it through its entirety before December 31 makes its cold appearance. The reason, however, is not that I am losing interest or “getting behind.” I am thoroughly absorbed in The Story. The historical footnotes and the archaeological articles on almost every page are utterly fascinating, and instead of reading for “the check mark” on the day’s reading assignment, I am slowly digesting the portions I can fit in to my daily schedule. For the first time ever, I was disappointed that I had come to the end of Deuteronomy- sad that there were no more Moses stories to look forward to, yet excited to see what Joshua had in store for me. This is no small thing for someone who knows the stories inside and out and gets bored easily with the re-telling. I am LOVING the fresh excitement I have found as the Scripture comes to life with the customs of the time and the historical comparisons to other cultures of the era.
The Archaeological Study Bible is available in several translations. If you want to revitalize your devotion or study time and you enjoy history and cultures, this just may be your solution!