What books would you recommend reading in the Old Testament? I read Genesis, Leviticus and Numbers at the beginning of my turn to God and Jesus Christ. I was just haphazardly picking books at random then.
What I would recommend first is reading are the books on practical, everyday wisdom.
- Proverbs - Proverbs is a bit odd in that it filled with short statements that don't become really meaningful until you puzzle over them. Even the order of the topics is a puzzle and is designed to get you to think. What is interesting is every time you read Proverbs something different pops out at you because of events in your life.
- Ecclesiastes - Addresses the question: Why did God create man?
Next, I would recommend getting the history of the Old Testament:
- Genesis (Skim the genealogies)
- Numbers (Skim the lists of counts and land assignments)
- Deuteronomy (Moses' last speeches to Israel, mostly a review)
- I Samuel
- II Samuel
- I Chronicles (Same story as I and II Samuel but told from a religious point of view. Skim the genealogies, but there are some interesting stories buried in them.)
- I Kings
- II Kings
- II Chronicles (Same story as I and II Kings but told from a religious point of view)
Finally, I would suggest two more books to round out your understanding:
- Job - This takes place in the days of Abraham or a bit earlier. It is a discussion about where suffering comes from
- Psalms - This is a collection of poetry, but Hebrew poetry is different from Western poetry. Ideas are compared and contrasted instead of sounds and rhythms being played with.