ESV Study Bible Reading Plan, need help!

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Anthony Grubb | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jul 14 2018 11:53 AM

Anthony Grubb:
 The version I did find that matches it was at www.esv.org. On the right half of the split screen...


First off, I should mention, ^^ that plan is no longer at that site. I sent them a brief question, wanting to see it, and the next business day got this reply:  "Hello, Thank you for contacting us. We had to remove this plan for editorial reasons which is why you are unable to find it. We apologize for the inconvenience. Have a blessed day! In Christ..."

That being that, the problem I'd needed to track down was that the Book of Job was completely MISSING in that plan, and thus all my previous beta versions.  It had been discussed (and still left unresolved 8 years ago) in this forum; https://community.logos.com/forums/t/24784.aspx, and I'd missed it--and it messed up a few other people, some finding out at the end of the year.  I guess I caught it right past the 3/4 mark (like they did), still with time to catch up and also fix the problem.  Where to put it? Before Genesis? Between Genesis 3 and 4? Between Genesis 11 and 12? Many plans do all of the above. Without getting into a technical discussion about obscure Hebrew words, authorship, and the dating of the book, F. LaGard Smith, compiler of "The Narrated Bible," sees it as compatible with the challenges those of the Dispersion would face, and he places it after the Fall of Jerusalem and the Dispersion and before the Book of Daniel.  We might add that if they were, in fact, looking back to an example from the period of the Patriarchs, considering the ancient paths as they should (Jer 6:16), then so be it.  Further, at the end of my ESV Study Bible hardcopy is a daily reading plan broken into four parts, and the Book of Job follows the Dispersion, so as the plan is entitled, "Chronological Order from ESV Study Bible Notes," that is where Job has been placed.

Didn't plan to dominate the conversation on this page and have withheld the last several iterations of my own plan, and while hammering this out, I nearly hasten to share this after discovering more review is needed--but I know it is in better shape now than it ever was in the past.  After fixing the Job problem, I also formally parted from the above Chronological Order from ESV Study Bible Notes because I tripped across a several other problems:

  • Isaiah 36, Sennacharib's invasion of Judah corresponds with 2Ki 18 and 2Chr 32, yet the three are separated by about 26 days in my above versions 1 - 4, when run as a 2yr plan. By breaking readings of those books into smaller chunks, which are all covered in either a chapter or two in each account, the Assyrian threat, God's deliverance, and the extension of Hezekiah's life in all three accounts fit nicely together in the reading program within 3 days of each other.  Preceding and following accounts also correspond well.  One could surmise that while this plan is not overly piecemeal, an oversight such as this indicates there are other parallel passages needing attention. 
  • Chronologically, "the events recorded in Numbers 1–6 were preceded by those described in 7:1–9:15"  -Wiersbe, W. W. (1999). Be counted. Colorado Springs, CO: Chariot Victor Pub. p.10 digital version.  This is yet another indication that multiple other matters of chronology are there to be ironed out.  This one is fairly minor, and while I agree to avoid breaking up chapters piecemeal, where whole chapters are involved, it is preferable to get the chronological chunks in order.
  • Many Psalms that are clearly Exhilic are placed in strange places in the above-mentioned chronology, so those identified by F. LaGard Smith, after review, have been moved to more appropriate spots--but I learned to be careful. One of his, Ps 89 was exhilic in a sense, ascribed to "Ethan the Ezrahite." But to be clear, this was not in the time of Ezra (and Smith never actually claimed he was).  In 1Ki 4:31, Solomon was compared in wisdom to "Ethan the Ezrahite," and thus Ps 89 fit with the exile David and company went into during Absalom's rebellion. It could have been meaningful to the Jews of the Dispersion, sure.  It has floated around all kinds of places in various Chronological reading plans. These problems revealed that too little care and effort went into the placement of all of the Psalms above.  Ps 12-13 were removed from Absalom's rebellion and placed when David fled from Saul, after Samuel's death and when he lived in a cave. Several other Psalms were moved into more appropriate places (7, 34, 52, 56, etc.) and then the proclivity of the problem proved the need to review the placement of EVERY Psalm in the Chronology (at this moment, I do not even know if all 150 are even placed in the plan).  
  • Overall, New Testament Chronology hasn't been much of an issue so far (aside from a mistake this editor made with programming the plan in Acts early on).  Perhaps these had more attention given to them up-front.  At present, I'm still running two different NT Chronologies, and if I start adjusting or preferring one, I may select between the two.

Thus, with assurance it is even better than the "good" plans above (and that it is on target to become even better), this is a plan which works well as an 18 month to a 3 year plan, depending on the length of the daily readings desired.  It takes a reader through this daily format: Psalms | Chronological OT (w/Psalms interspersed) | Proverbs | Chronological NT.  As it is set up here, it goes through Psalms 6 times for that portion, perhaps fully one more pass through Psalms along with the OT Chronological Readings, through Proverbs 6 times, and Chronologically through the NT four times.

Seeking an alternative to presumptuously Wink posting the whole thing here, as I have done in the past, I thought maybe I'd found a suitable alternative in sharing it at documents.logos.com/documents, but you would have to join a special group to see the daily reading assignments, and then it wouldn't give you the neat code to throw it into your own applet and get your own setup.  While it is a little more advanced and ironed than the one I'm working on now (give me a break, I already had to check off 18 mos of readings TWICE in the last 10 days while getting a new plan up and running for myself after that Book of Job and other debacles), I did just run it through Logos Reading Plans applet and spot-checked several dates to make sure its coding is working.  Here is...

Revision 2018-07-14, 2yr Chronological-Mixed, Beta 5.20

Ecc 3:1-8, Jer 6:16, Ps, Ps, Ps, Ps, Ps, Ps | Gen-Lev, Num 7-9, Num 1-6, Num 10-Ruth, 1 Sam 1-20, Ps 11, Ps 59, 1 Sam 21, Ps 52, Ps 56, Ps 34, 1 Sam 22, Ps 57, Ps 142, 1 Sam 23, Ps 7, 1 Sam 24:1-25:1, Ps 12-13, Ps 27, Ps 31, Ps 120, Ps 140-141, 1 Sam 25:2-27:12, Ps 17, Ps 35, Ps 54, Ps 63, 1 Sam 28-31, Ps 18, Ps 121, Ps 124-125, Ps 128-130, 2 Sam 1-4, Ps 6, Ps 8-10, Ps 14, Ps 16, Ps 19, 21, 1 Chr 1-2, Ps 43, Ps 45, Ps 49, Ps 84, Ps 87, 1 Chr 3-5, Ps 73, Ps 77-78, 1 Chr 6, Ps 81, Ps 88, Ps 92-93, 1 Chr 7-10, Ps 103-104, 2 Sam 5:1-10, 1 Chr 11-12, Ps 133, Ps 107, 2 Sam 5:11-6:23, 1 Chr 13-16, Ps 1-2, Ps 15, Ps 22-24, Ps 47, Ps 68, Ps 96, Ps 100, Ps 101, Ps 105, 132, 2 Sam 7, 1 Chr 17, Ps 25, Ps 29, Ps 33, Ps 36, Ps 39, 2 Sam 8-9, 1 Chr 18, Ps 50, Ps 53, Ps 60, Ps 75, 2 Sam 10, 1 Chr 19, Ps 20, Ps 65-67, Ps 69-70, 2 Sam 11-12, 1 Chr 20, Ps 32, Ps 51, Ps 86, Ps 122, 2 Sam 13-16, Ps 3-4, Ps 28, Ps 55, Ps 89, 2 Sam 17-18, Ps 26, Ps 40, Ps 58, Ps 61-62, Ps 64, 2 Sam 19-21, Ps 5, Ps 38, Ps 41-42, 2 Sam 22-23, Ps 95, Ps 97-99, 2 Sam 24, 1 Chr 21-22, Ps 30, Ps 108-110, 1 Chr 23-25, Ps 131, Ps 138-139, Ps 143-145, 1 Chr 26-29, Ps 127, Ps 111-118, 1 Kgs 1-2, Ps 37, Ps 71, Ps 94, Ps 119:1-88, 1 Kgs 3-4, 2 Chr 1, Ps 72, Ps 119:89-176, Song 1-8, Prov 1-24, 1 Kgs 5-6, 2 Chr 2-3, 1 Kgs 7, 2 Chr 4, 1 Kgs 8, 2 Chr 5, 2 Chr 6-7, Ps 134-136, Ps 146-150, 1 Kgs 9, 2 Chr 8, Prov 25-29, Eccl, 1 Kgs 10-11, 2 Chr 9, Prov 30-31, 1 Kgs 12-14, 2 Chr 10-12, 1 Kgs 15:1-24, 2 Chr 13- 16, 1 Kgs 15:25-16:34, 2 Chr 17, 1 Kgs 17-22, 2 Chron 18-23, Obad 1, Ps 82-83, 2 Kgs 1-13, 2 Chron 24, 2 Kgs 14, 2 Chr 25, Jonah 1-4, 2 Kgs 15, 2 Chr 26, Isa 1-8, Amos 1-9, 2 Chr 27, Isa 9-12, Mic 1-7, 2 Chr 28, 2 Kgs 16-17, Isa 13-27, 2 Kgs 18:1-8, 2 Chr 29-31, Ps 48, Hosea, Isa 28-35, 2 Chr 32, Isa 36-37, 2 Kgs 18:9-20:21, Isa 38-39, Isa 40-48, Ps 44, Ps 46, Isa 49-66, 2Kgs 21, 2 Chr 33, Nahum 1-3, 2 Kgs 22-23, 2 Chr 34-35, Zeph 1-3, Jer 1-40, Ps 74, Ps 76, Ps 79, Ps 80, 2 Kgs 24-25, 2 Chr 36, Hab 1-3, Jer 41-52, Lam 1-5, Job, Ezek, Joel, Dan, Ezra 1-6, Ps 85, Ps 102, Ps 106, Ps 123, Ps 137, Haggai , Zech, Esther, Ezra 7-10, Neh, Ps 126, Mal | Pr, Pr, Pr, Pr, Pr, Pr | Luke 1, John 1:1-14, Matt 1, Luke 2:1-38, Matt 2, Luke 2:39-52, Matt 3, Mark 1, Luke 3, Matt 4, Luke 4-5, John 1:15-51, John 2-4, Mark 2, John 5, Matt 12:1-21, Mark 3, Luke 6, Matt 5-7, Matt 8:1-13, Luke 7, Matt 11, Matt 12:22-50, Luke 11, Matt 13, Luke 8, Matt 8:14- 34, Mark 4-5, Matt 9-10, Matt 14, Mark 6, Luke 9:1-17, John 6, Matt 15, Mark 7, Matt 16, Mark 8, Luke 9:18-27, Matt 17, Mark 9, Luke 9:28-62, Matt 18, John 7-8, John 9:1-10:21, Luke 10-11, John 10:22-42, Luke 12:1-17:10, John 11, Luke 17:11-18:14, Matt 19, Mark 10, Matt 20-21, Luke 18:15-19:48, Mark 11, John 12, Matt 22, Mark 12, Matt 23, Luke 20-21, Mark 13, Matt 24-26, Mark 14, Luke 22, John 13-17, Matt 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, John 18-19, Matt 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20-21, Acts 1-14, Jas, Acts 15-16, Gal, Acts 17-18:18, 1 Thes 1-5, 2 Thes 1-3, Acts 18:19-19:41, 1 Cor, 2 Cor, Acts 20:1 -3, Rom, Acts 20:4-28:31, Col 1-4, Phm, Eph, Php, 1 Tim, Titus, 1 Pet, Heb, 2 Tim, 2 Pet, Jude, 1 Jn, 2 Jn, 3 Jn, Rev, Luke 1; John 1:1-14; Matthew 1; Luke 2:1-38; Matthew 2; Luke 2:39-52; Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3; Matthew 4; Luke 4-5; John 1:15-51; John 2-4; Mark 2; John 5; Matthew 12:1-21; Mark 3; Luke 6; Matthew 5-7; Matthew 8:1-13; Luke 7; Matthew 11; Matthew 12:22-50; Matthew 13; Luke 8; Matthew 8:14-34; Mark 4-5; Matthew 9-10; Matthew 14; Mark 6; Luke 9:1-17; John 6; Matthew 15; Mark 7; Matthew 16; Mark 8; Luke 9:18-27; Matthew 17; Mark 9; Luke 9:28-62; Matthew 18; John 7-9; John 10:1 -21; Luke 10-11; John 10:22-42, Luke 12-17:10, John 11, Luke 17:11-18:14; Matthew 19; Mark 10; Matthew 20-21; Luke 18:15-43; Luke 19; Mark 11; John 12; Matthew 22; Mark 12; Matthew 23; Luke 20-21; Mark 13; Matthew 24-26; Mark 14; Luke 22; John 13-17; Matthew 27; Mark 15; Luke 23; John 18-19; Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20-21; Acts 1-14; James; Acts 15-16; Galatians; Acts 17; Acts 18:1-18; 1 Thessalonians; 2 Thessalonians; Acts 18:19- 28; Acts 19; 1 Corinthians; 2 Corinthians; Acts 20:1-3; Romans; Acts 20:4-28:31; Colossians; Philemon; Ephesians; Philippians; 1 Timothy; Titus; 1 Peter; Hebrews; 2 Timothy; 2 Peter; Jude; 1 John; 2 John; 3 John; Rev, Luke 1, John 1:1-14, Matt 1, Luke 2:1-38, Matt 2, Luke 2:39-52, Matt 3, Mark 1, Luke 3, Matt 4, Luke 4-5, John 1:15-51, John 2-4, Mark 2, John 5, Matt 12:1-21, Mark 3, Luke 6, Matt 5-7, Matt 8:1-13, Luke 7, Matt 11, Matt 12:22-50, Luke 11, Matt 13, Luke 8, Matt 8:14-34, Mark 4-5, Matt 9-10, Matt 14, Mark 6, Luke 9:1-17, John 6, Matt 15, Mark 7, Matt 16, Mark 8, Luke 9:18-27, Matt 17, Mark 9, Luke 9:28-62, Matt 18, John 7-8, John 9:1-10:21, Luke 10-11, John 10:22-42, Luke 12:1-17:10, John 11, Luke 17:11-18:14, Matt 19, Mark 10, Matt 20-21, Luke 18:15-19:48, Mark 11, John 12, Matt 22, Mark 12, Matt 23, Luke 20-21, Mark 13, Matt 24-26, Mark 14, Luke 22, John 13-17, Matt 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, John 18-19, Matt 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20-21, Acts 1- 14, Jas, Acts 15-16, Gal, Acts 17-18:18, 1 Thes 1-5, 2 Thes 1-3, Acts 18:19- 19:41, 1 Cor, 2 Cor, Acts 20:1-3, Rom, Acts 20:4-28:31, Col 1-4, Phm, Eph, Php, 1 Tim, Titus, 1 Pet, Heb, 2 Tim, 2 Pet, Jude, 1 Jn, 2 Jn, 3 Jn, Rev, Luke 1; John 1:1 -14; Matthew 1; Luke 2:1-38; Matthew 2; Luke 2:39-52; Matthew 3; Mark 1; Luke 3; Matthew 4; Luke 4-5; John 1:15-51; John 2-4; Mark 2; John 5; Matthew 12:1-21; Mark 3; Luke 6; Matthew 5-7; Matthew 8:1-13; Luke 7; Matthew 11; Matthew 12:22-50; Matthew 13; Luke 8; Matthew 8:14-34; Mark 4-5; Matthew 9-10; Matthew 14; Mark 6; Luke 9:1-17; John 6; Matthew 15; Mark 7; Matthew 16; Mark 8; Luke 9:18-27; Matthew 17; Mark 9; Luke 9:28-62; Matthew 18; John 7-9; John 10:1-21; Luke 10-11; John 10:22-42; Luke 12:1-17:10, John 11, Luke 17:11-18:14, Matthew 19; Mark 10; Matthew 20-21; Luke 18:15-43; Luke 19; Mark 11; John 12; Matthew 22; Mark 12; Matthew 23; Luke 20-21; Mark 13; Matthew 24-26; Mark 14; Luke 22; John 13-17; Matthew 27; Mark 15; Luke 23; John 18-19; Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20-21; Acts 1-14; James; Acts 15-16; Galatians; Acts 17; Acts 18:1-18; 1 Thessalonians; 2 Thessalonians; Acts 18:19-28; Acts 19; 1 Corinthians; 2 Corinthians; Acts 20:1-3; Romans; Acts 20:4-28:31; Colossians; Philemon; Ephesians; Philippians; 1 Timothy; Titus; 1 Peter; Hebrews; 2 Timothy; 2 Peter; Jude; 1 John; 2 John; 3 John; Rev

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