The Essential 100
(E100®) is a carefully selected list of short Bible passages—50 from the Old
Testament and 50 from the New Testament—that provides a fast-paced overview of
the Bible. Most are about 1-2 chapters
in length, just the right amount for busy people to read and understand in a
The readings cover all the major types of biblical writing
including the Historical Books, Poetry and Wisdom, the Prophets, the Gospels,
Acts, the Epistles and Revelation.
They’re organized into 20 sets of 5 readings each, so you can see the
big picture of the Bible without getting bogged down. In addition, the readings are undated so you
can go through them at any pace, and are usable with any Bible
The concept was first described in a devotional book called The Essential 100 by Scripture Union
President Whitney T. Kuniholm. To date,
over 2.5 million people have completed one of the Essential Bible Reading
Programs (Essential 100, Essential Jesus or Essential Question). Scripture Union has developed a range of
resources to help any church or group—large or small—complete The Essential 100 Bible reading plan
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