[quote="damooster, post:7, topic:177179"]
This is actually a great question, and now I feel lazy. So, I decided to try and read the Doauy-Rheims in a year. I added up all of the pages, divided by 365 and discovered that I only have to read 4 pages a day. I'm going to give this method a try as I really would like to read from the beginning..
Some traditional Catholics rely on another way to learn the bible- attentively listening to the scripture readings, responsorial psalms and gospel reading during weekend and weekday Masses-----
(a) Weekend readings are organised on a 3-year basis. To complete 1 cycle of readings, you must attend 3 years of Sunday Masses which you would as a good Catholic.
(b) Weekday readings are based on a 2-year basis. You would need to attend mass every weekday for 2 whole years so as not to miss out on any reading.
(c) Not every one of the 73 books of the bible is covered in the lectionary readings. [Kindly correct me if I'm wrong]
(d) None of the 73 books of the bible are completely covered in the lectionary readings, not even the shortest book- the Letter of Paul to Philemon. Only selected extracts are read. [Kindly correct me if I'm wrong]
(e) There is some overlap within the weekday readings as the same reading may be re-used on different feastdays and also some overlap between weekday and weekend readings
Hence this method cannot give a complete reading of the whole bible. However, there are some advantages- the priest usually explains the readings in his homily during Mass. So you may get an official Catholic interpretation (or close to it) of the readings if the priest knows his bible well.
The greatest advantage comes to those who have the patience to endure this method - increase in faith. *"So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ" *(Romans 11:17, NRSV)