at ewtn.com in the document library, you will find two long articles that you can download for free.
the interpretation of the bible in the church, by the pontifical biblical commission. it helps to know in advance what this document says. It covers the different ways of analyzing and understanding scripture, and comes up finding them all lacking. So, it says just read the bible with a good commentary nearby. That’s the upshot of the 115 pages.
an equally difficult document to read, but one which is a lot more insightful, is the jewish people and their scriptures, by the pontifical biblical commission. This tells us that the old testament is really very important, without which the new testament makes almost no sense. It’s really just an introduction to the subject of the importance of the old testament, but you get a good bunch of information here.
I like the answer in post #8. But, I would add, use a study bible, even a good protestant study bible, like the niv (new international version) study bible.
I don’t care for the advice to speed read the bible. I miss too much as it is. There’s really a lot there.
I suggest setting a goal of reading the Bible in maybe 10 years. But, do it carefully and see what each book is contributing.
Another starting point if you don’t like the advice so far. Read the new testament letter of James, especially chapter one. It has very practical christian advice. Start organizing your daily experiences into trials and temptations. In general, trials change into temptations too quickly. It’s good practical advice for life in general, not just our christian walk, to not let trials overwhelm us. If you can recognize that something is just another trial, you may be able to overcome the temptations that quickly follow.
For example, reading the Old Testament quickly becomes a trial because it seems that there is so much obsolete and irrelevant. It quickly becomes a temptation to stop reading the bible altogether. I have a Jewish commentary on Genesis which is almost 500 pages. There are truly a lot of things to note in Genesis. And, I’ve read books that even expand on that commentary. That’s just the literal sense of reading Genesis.
There’s something to be said for reading the shorter books of the Bible. There’s plenty of longer books in the bible. Give yourself a treat and read a couple short ones, too.
The book of Ruth is a very inspirational book and one that may leave you hanging with a lot of questions, too. It’s only 76 verses but it covers years of times.