National Bible Week, which began today, is observed each year from Sunday to Sunday during the week of Thanksgiving. The National Bible Association encourages everyone to read the Bible and has named November 21, 2011, as National Day of the Bible, a time for the nation to honor God’s Word.
Reading the Bible publicly began when Israel gathered together to hear its leaders read the Scriptures. Inspiration for the National Day of the Bible comes from Nehemiah 8:1-3
1When the seventh monthj came and the people of Israel were settled in their towns, all the people gathered together in the area in front of the Water Gate. They asked Ezra the scribe to bring out the Instructionk scroll from Moses, according to which the LORD had instructed Israel.
2 So on the first day of the seventh month, Ezra the priest brought the Instruction before the assembly. This assembly was made up of both men and women and anyone who could understand what they heard. 3 Facing the area in front of the Water Gate, he read it aloud, from early morning until the middle of the day. He read it in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand, and everyone listened attentively to the Instruction scroll.
and 1 Timothy 4:13
13 Until I arrive, pay attention to public reading, preaching, and teaching.
The National Bible Association is asking Americans to gather at Noon on Monday, November 21, 2011, with their political, business and religious leaders to publicly read the Bible and greatly bless our nation.
A special blog tour began today to highlight the Common English Bible version. For the next three months, bloggers like me will be writing blogs, quoting Scripture on Facebook and Twitter and other social media and giving readers an opportunity to win a Common English Bible of their own.
More than half-a-million copies of the Bible are currently in print and available online and in 20 digital formats. Sponsored by the Common English Bible Committee, an alliance of five publishers that serve the general market, as well as the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Presbyterian Church (USA), Episcopal Church, United Church of Christ and The United Methodist Church, The Common English Bible is a collaboration of 120 academic scholars and editors, 77 reading group leaders, and more than 500 average readers from around the world who came together to translate the Bible’s original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek languages into the 21st century English. Written in the same contemporary language as the average newspaper, the Common English Bible is comfortable and accessible for today’s readers. Completed in less than four years, the goal was to provide a Bible that would accomplish God’s overall work in the world by bringing readers together on common ground, according to Paul Franklyn, PhD, associate publisher for the Common English Bible.
To enter, “Like” the Common English Bible on Facebook and leave a comment and let me know that you did along with your Facebook name. Become my fan on Facebook by clicking here and earn an extra entry (be sure to leave a comment on my blog that you did so). A winner chosen at random will be announced on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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