The Well-Read Christian: Why Bible-Lovers Should Be Bibliophiles
His accusing questions to the Pharisees begin with the words "Have you not read...?", suggesting that his hearers were readers who should have read with more diligence.
The well-read life was the aspiration of bygone saints. No, not the life that was read by everyone (That was usually fantastical and morbid!), but the life that was spent reading everything.
For these old saints, heaven on earth was a scriptorium, where illuminated manuscripts and scrolls containing the collected knowledge, wisdom, and misinformation of the ages were available to the literate for their use, enjoyment, and befuddlement. With the rise of printing, we are no longer confined to the viewing of books in a library, we can purchase them for ourselves, in forms that would once ...