How can I begin to read the Bible?

Erkki Koskenniemi
Sanna Tarvainen

The best way to start reading the Bible is to read one of the gospels from start to finish. The choice can be tough, because all of the gospels have their own wonderful characteristics. Will you choose the undecorated beauty of Mark − its rough lines make for its attractiveness. Or will you opt for the Gospel of John and enter the warm and beautifully-coloured world it paints? Whatever your choice, start with the Gospels, read all of them and then carry on with the New Testament in sequence. One book at a time, from start to finish, every day according to your own energy.

When you have read the New Testament two times, for example, you can move on to the Old Testament. The two first books of Moses are easily accessible to you, but after those you will start wondering about laws that were not given to us non-Jews.  When it comes to prophets, the crucial issue is to learn when and in what kind of situation the books were written. For this, you may need a bit more help. But it will be worth the trouble − the Old Testament, too, is filled with treasures to be found!

Every word of God proves true;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
(Proverbs 30:5, ESV)

Dear God, how can I understand if nobody explains? Please, help me to start!