The Bible Time Challenge

What is a good use of your time? There are so many different ways we can spend our time. However, some ways are better than others. Today, Jeff talks about the importance of reading the Bible and how each of us can find the time to do it. We must simply choose it over something else.

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We choose how our time is spent, so it is up to us to decide whether our time is better spent watching television or reading God’s Word.


Want Jeff’s cheat sheet on how long it takes to read each book of the Bible? Click on the link below to download/print it.

How Long Does It Take to Read the Bible?

  • About 60 hours for the Old Testament
  • 17 hours, 44 minutes for the New Testament
  • 75 hours for the whole Bible
The Bible Instead of TV

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – 1 hour 

  • Two episodes will get you the book of Judges, which takes 1 hour, 41 minutes.

The Voice – 1 hour 

  • Five episodes of The Voice will get you all 150 Psalms!

Survivor – 1 hour 

  • It will only cost you two episodes of Survivor to read Job!

1 Major League Baseball Game – 3 hours 

  • Reading 1 Samuel; only takes 2.15 minutes. That gives you an extra 45 minutes, which could be filled with the Book of Wisdom, which takes 41 minutes.

The Tonight Show – 1 hour 

  • Daniel only takes 1 hour and 6 minutes to read.

Rachel Ray – 1 hour 

  • Exodus only takes 2 hours and 51 minutes; that’s three Rachel Ray shows. It’s either a Healthy Paleo Banana Bread or discover all you can do with Manna in the book of Exodus.

Evening News – 30 minutes 

  • The four gospels take 8 hours to read, so if you skip the evening news for three weeks, you’ll get every bit of the good news contained in the four gospels.

CNN Anderson Cooper; Fox Shaun Hannity – 1 hour 

  • 1 Maccabees. It’s the story of the world power, Greece, led by a despot, Antiochus Epiphanes, and his plan to destroy Israel and occupy the temple. The outcome is nothing short of amazing! Here’s the good news, 1 Maccabees only takes 2 hours, so if you gave up one Hannity and one Anderson Cooper, or two Hannity or two Coopers; you will have the time to read 1 Maccabees.

Shark Tank – 1 hour 

  • Jonah takes 8 minutes, so guess what? You have twenty minutes left to read Philippians, which only takes 14 minutes. Philippians is Paul writing from not a fish, but prison.

College Basketball Game – 2 hours

  • 1 Samuel? It will only take 2 hours and 15 minutes.

The Pawn Stars on The History Channel  

  • For three Pawn Stars; you can read both 1st and 2nd Samuel. You say you have read those books, then move on to 1 King, which takes 2 hours and 6 minutes. In fact, 2 Kings takes the same amount of time. For 4 Pawn Stars, you get both 1st and 2nd Kings. Now, for those of you who really like history, this means that for 7, count them, 7 Pawn Stars, you get the bulk of history surrounding King David.

Morning Joe on MSNBC – 4 hours a day 

  • You heard me right, four hours a day, that’s 20 hours a week. If you have four hours a day, you could read all of Isaiah, which only takes 3 hours and 43 minutes, or Jeremiah, which only takes 3 hours and 51 minutes, or Ezekiel which takes 4 hours.

Property Brothers – 1 hour 

  • Joshua and the distribution of land take 1 hour and 42 minutes. That’s two Property Brothers for dividing of the property in the Holy Land.

The Power of Giving Up Series

Mandalorian, 17 episodes – 20 hours 

  • You could do all 13 of Paul’s writings! 

Yellowstone, All Seasons – 53 hours 

  • Only takes 60 hours to read the Old Testament.


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Meet Your Host: Jeff Cavins

Jeff Cavins is passionate about helping people understand Scripture and become disciples of Jesus Christ. Though he was born Catholic, Jeff went to Bible school and served as a protestant minister for twelve years before reverting to the Catholic Faith. Jeff then received his MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Since then, he has become a leading Catholic evangelist and author.

Jeff created The Bible Timeline learning system, which revolutionized Catholic Bible Study for millions of Catholics. Since its introduction, Jeff has developed The Great Adventure series of Bible studies to help people better understand Sacred Scripture and its meaning for their lives. 

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