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I read through a “reader’s Bible” in 2020, and reviewed it HERE. Before each book of the Bible was an epigraph (quotation) from a Christian figure, and below I share a sampling. You will likely recognize many of the names as past and present preachers, theologians, etc.

Genesis: “The most central truth to the creation account is that this world is a place for God’s presence.” John H. Walton

Exodus: “Moses spent forty years thinking he was somebody, forty years learning that he was nobody; and forty years discovering what God can do with a nobody.” Dwight. L. Moody

Judges: “God relentlessly offers his grace to people who do not deserve it, or seek it, or even appreciate it after they have been saved by it.” Timothy J. Keller

1 Kings: “He is truly great who deemeth himself small, and counteth all height of honor as nothing.” Thomas a Kempis

Job: “Job’s suffering is not resolved intellectually but through a remarkable encounter with God.” Craig G. Bartholomew

Proverbs: “Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much; wisdom is humble that he knows no more.” William Cowper

Joel: “When God does appear in blessing, too often the blessing becomes the center of attraction; when He comes in darkness and pain, one is driven to concentrate on God rather than the darkness in order to survive it.” David Baker

Amos: “A man may well be condemned, not for doing something, but for doing nothing.” William Barclay

Nahum: “There are few things stressed more strongly in the Bible than the reality of God’s work as judge.” J.I. Packer

Haggai: “We both walk and work by faith, seeing in this life only a small fraction of our results. We are doing more good than we know.” Robert J. Morgan

Mark: “If you want to know who God is, look at Jesus. If you want to know what it means to be human, look at Jesus. If you want to know what love is, look at Jesus. If you want to know what grief is, look at Jesus. And go on looking until you’re not just a spectator, but you’re actually part of the drama which has Him as the central character.” N.T. Wright

Philippians: “How unspeakably wonderful to know that all our concerns are held in hands that bled for us.” John Newton

2 Thessalonians: “We must hunger after Christ until the dawning of that great day when our Lord will fully manifest the glory of His kingdom.” John Calvin

1 John: “God bestows His blessings without discrimination. The followers of Jesus are children of God, and they should manifest the family likeness by doing good to all, even to those who deserve the opposite.” F.F. Bruce

3 John: “Truth is always strong, no matter how weak it looks, and falsehood is always weak no matter how strong it looks.” Phillips Brooks

Revelation: “Redemptive history remains incomplete until Christ returns. It is for the final act in the great drama of redemption that the church waits with longing.” Robert Mounce

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