Sunday, August 19, 2012

Biblical Top 10s

Our Sunday Visitor had an article on “Taking a tour of biblical Top 10s." Following is an outline. Thought you would find it interesting. See the full article here.

Tip for fruitful Scripture reading:
10. Bible reading is for Catholics
9. Prayer is the beginning and the end.
8. Get the whole story.
7. The Bible isn’t a book.
6. Know what the Bible is – and what it isn’t.
5. The sum is greater than the parts.
4. The Old relates to the New.
3. You do not read alone.
2. What is God saying to me?
1. Reading isn’t enough.

Top 10 Cities:
10. Ephesus
9. Capernaum
8. Athens
7. Emmaus
6. Antioch
5. Damascus
4. Nazareth
3. Bethlehem
2. Rome
1. Jerusalem

Top 10 Biblical Mountains:
Mountains of Arara
9. Mount Hermon
8. Moriah
7. Mount Nebo
6. Mount Tabor
5. Mount Gerizim
4. Mount Carmel
3. Mount of Olives
2. Mount Sinai
1. Mount Zion

Top 10 Love Stories:
10. Tobiah and Sarah
9. The woman of worth and Her (unnamed) Husband
8. Hosea and Gomer
7. Abraham and Sarah
6. Moses and Zipporah
5. Zechariah and Elizabeth
4. Jacob and Rachel
3. The bride and groom in the Song of Songs
2. Joseph and Mary
1. God and his people.

Top ten sayings:
10. "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and the door will be open to you."
9. "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;/lesson be the name of the Lord!"
8. "So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love."
7. "God saw that it was good."
6. "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men."
5. "May it be done to me according to your word."
4. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever."
3. “I am the way and the truth and the life."
2. "Hear, O Israel! The Lord is your God, the Lord alone! Therefore, you shall love the Lord, your God, with your whole heart, and with your whole being, and with your whole strength."
1. "Do to others whatever you would have them do to you."

Ten Biblical people, places or fax you should know:
10. People or places are often called by different names.
9. No single copy of the original Bible exists.
8. The Bible does not predict the end of the world.
7. "God helps those who help themselves" is not a biblical verse.
6. Several women were early supporters of Jesus and the early Christians.
5. Not all Pharisees were against Jesus.
4. The number of Magi visited Jesus is never specified.
3. The Bible is the most translated book in history.
2. The books of the Bible are not in chronological order.
1. The Bible is salvation history.


A Secular Franciscan said...

Top 10 books of the Bible? I wonder what they would list there!

Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Genesis, Exodus, Psalms, ....?

Tom, S.F.O. said...

Thanks for the comment. Good question. I think Leviticus would be my last pick, number 73. I always found that one very difficult and boring. You made good picks. What would be your other two?