Rite Reading

This page is an index page to a series of blogs intended primarily to support those who read the Scriptures to others in public worship. The material will appear in three sections.

  • Hardware: reflections on and illustrations of the ways in which oral performance and public reading helped make the Bible the kind of book (or technically collection of books) that it is.
  • Firmware: exploring how the pattern for reading common to the Anglican, Roman Catholic, Methodist and many other churches round the world works, and how to understand and use this pattern.
  • Software: brief explanation and interpretation of each book of the Bible, usually one book per blog post.

I should add that I write as one reader sharing my understanding with other readers. There are whole swathes of territory I cover, particularly in the Old Testament, where I lay no claim to any special expertise. If you want a scholarly expert guide, you need to look elsewhere.

Comment Policy

These pages have a different comment policy to the rest of the blog. I will only allow comments to stand here if I judge them generally helpful for the intended primary audience. Those who want to dispute more vociferously can comment via Twitter or Facebook.



Hardware – how reading shaped the bible

Firmware – the practice of reading

Software: the books we read

Old Testament

The Law
The historical books
The poetic and wisdom books
The prophets

New Testament

The Gospels and Acts
Paul’s Letters