A couple of years ago I shared a chart that compares the biblical canon according to the following forms: Samaritan, Hebrew/Jewish, Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Syriac, Ethiopian, and Protestant (see here). If you are part of one of these groups you likely adhere to the canon as understood in that tradition. Yet practice is often a more trustworthy sign of what you believe than mere confession, so even though I am an evangelical it would be a bit disingenuous for me to act as if the canon influences me equally.

I don’t think this is something negative. If you read the writings of the Apostle Paul there are some books (e.g. the Books of Genesis, Deuteronomy, Psalms, Isaiah) that are often quoted, alluded to, or echoed and others (e.g. the Books of Joshua, Jonah, Song of Songs) that are not.

If I were honest I’d say my reading canon is as follows:

Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures:

I give the most attention to the Book of Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy; the Historical Books of 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings; the Poetic Books of Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job, and Lamentations; the Prophets Hosea, Joel, Jonah, Habakkuk, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Daniel.

I don’t give as much attention to the Books of Leviticus, Numbers, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Song of Songs, Amos, Obadiah, Micah, Nahum, Zepheniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, and Ezekiel.

New Testament/Christian Scriptures:

I give the most attention to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; the Book of Acts; the Pauline Epistles to the Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, and Philemon; the Catholic Epistles of Hebrews, James, and 1 John; the Book of Revelation.

I don’t give as much attention to the Pastoral Epistles, the Petrine Epistles, 2 and 3 John, and the Epistle of Jude. That being said, these receive more attention that those neglected from the other testament.

We may think of this as a canon-within-a-canon. What is you canon-within-a-canon or what books do you read the most?