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The meaning of Reading in the Bible
(From International Standard Bible Encyclopedia)

red'-ing (miqra'; anagnosis): As a noun occurs once in the Old Testament (Nehemiah 3:8) and 3 times in the New Testament (Acts 13:15; II Corinthians 3:14; I Timothy 4:13), each time with reference to the public reading of the Divine Law. The verb "to read" (qara'; anaginosko) occurs frequently both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament: (1) often in the sense of reading aloud to others, especially of the public reading of God's Law or of prophecy, as by Moses (Exodus 24:7), Ezra (Nehemiah 8:3, Nehemiah 8:18), Jesus in the synagogue at Nazareth (Luke 4:16), of the regular reading of the Law and the Prophets in the synagogues (Acts 13:27; Acts 15:21), and of the reading of apostolic epistles in the Christian church (Colossians 4:16; I Thessalonians 5:27); (2) also in the sense of reading to one's self, whether the divine word in Law or prophecy (Deuteronomy 17:19; Acts 8:28-30, etc.), or such things as private letters (II Kings 5:7; II Kings 19:14; Acts 23:34, etc.).

D. Miall Edwards


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