King James OT with Apocrypha Annual Reading Plan

Reader Ken Holpp left a comment asking if I knew of any good annual reading plans for the full King James Bible, that is, including the Apocrypha. That piqued my interest. As I wasn’t able to find such a plan promptly on the web, I decided to create a reading plan for the King James Bible Old Testament and Apocrypha, in the order in which they were published in the 1611 edition. The result is the One Year King James Old Testament with Apocrypha Reading Plan.

Were a user so inclined to use this plan, he would need a companion plan for reading the New Testament throughout the course of the year. Precisely in mind while I was doing this was the provision of the Optina Kellia New Testament reading plan, particularly that rendering of the plan communicated to me by my brother in Christ Esteban Vázquez, as described on my page titled Eastern Orthodox New Testament Reading Plan, and by Esteban on his own blog in a two part series: On Reading the Scriptures, Parts One and Two. The KJV plan above has included the Book of Psalms, so the reader would not need to follow a plan for reciting the Psalms (like the Eastern Orthodox practice of reciting a various number of Psalms per day, as described on my page Eastern Orthodox Psalm Reading Plan, whether following it in full or in a basic form.

Suggestions and corrections are always welcome!

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4 Responses to King James OT with Apocrypha Annual Reading Plan

  1. Ingemar says:

    Fascinating… where can I find a KJV that has the Apocrypha?

    • Ingemar, I would recommend the New Cambridge Paragraph Bible, edited by David Norton. There is a very nice Penguin paperback edition available including the apocrypha (only $10 on Amazon!), which is corrected over the first edition hardback and leather-bound editions. Around April there will be some new hardback and leather-bound editions released, at long last. The original editions were very larger and are also out of print. The paperback is thick, but of a manageable size (5.25 x 8.5″). The editions coming out in April will (oddly, I think) also be available without the apocrypha. You might also be interested in the companion volume to the New Cambridge Paragraph Bible, also by David Norton, A Textual History of the King James Bible. It’s a combined short history of the text of the King James Bible and a comprehensive explanation of his method of editing the text back to the closest thing approachable to what its original editors intended, as determined by original surviving sources. He also has a new book coming out in February which will presumably cover the history in more detail, called The King James Bible: A Short History from Tyndale to Today. The interesting thing about the history that Norton relays in A Textual History is that it differs quite a bit from what one is typically told and which is presented in books like Adam Nicholson’s God’s Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible.

      • Ingemar says:

        I glanced at the Penguin paperback I would probably prefer not to have that secularist gloss/commentary. But if I have to go cheap I suppose it is the way to go.

      • The Penguin paperback includes no commentary other than a very short description of the edition’s text. There then follows the original Translators’ introduction and then the King James text, including the apocrypha. It’s on very good paper, too. It’s really a steal at $10. It’s the best text of the King James Bible available.

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