STUDYING THE SCRIPTURES
A Necessary Discipline for Orthodox Christians
Everything written in the Scriptures was written to teach us in order that we might have hope through the patience and encouragement that the Scriptures give us. - Romans 15:4
best way to find what is fitting for one’s life is to meditate upon the
divinely inspired Scriptures. - St. Basil the Great (329-379AD)
of the Scriptures is a great cliff and a deep abyss. Not knowing the
Scriptures is the cause of all evils. Reading the Scriptures is like
possessing a great treasure. A Christian cannot help but read the
Scriptures. To be a Christian is to rejoice in the power of the Holy
Spirit and the Spirit speaks to us through the Scriptures.
- St. John Chrysostom (354-407AD)
of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.
- St. Jerome (347-420AD)
holy occupation of the reading of the Scriptures is a light to the mind, a
guide on the path and an inspiration during prayer.
- St. Issac the Syrian (7th century AD)
The words of the Scriptures are written for us not simply to understand them but also to do them. - St. Hesychios of Jerusalem (4th century AD)
Tips for Reading the Bible
Prayer before the Reading of the Gospel
Loving Master, shine the pure light of Your divine knowledge in our hearts. Open the eyes of our minds that we may understand the message of Your Gospel. Instill in us reverence for Your blessed commandments, that having conquered our sinful desires, we may pursue a spiritual life, thinking and doing all those things that are pleasing to You. For You, O Christ our God, are the light of our souls and bodies and to You do we offer glory, together with Your Father who is without beginning and Your all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
Set aside a few minutes every day just for Bible reading – in the
Don’t worry about passages that seem strange to you or that you don’t
7.) The Bible is the Book of the Church. It is the Church, guided by the Holy