Reading Scripture in Public

Find out why hearing the Bible read aloud is a life-giving practice
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.9 out of 5 (861 ratings)
10,405 students
1hr 2min of on-demand video

Students will learn how the Apostle Paul viewed the importance of reading Scripture in public settings.
Students will gain an appreciation and understanding of how attention to Scripture reading in public can be practiced.
Students will hear Prof. Wright discuss the overall discipline of listening to wise words from the Bible itself and from gifted teachers.


  • A recent translation of the Bible
  • A curious mind


The New Testament began as letters and other documents written by people such as the Apostles. Those documents would circulate around to the many churches scattered around the Roman Empire. In fact, in the earliest days of the Christian church, most people experienced the Word by listening to scripture rather than reading it themselves.

Learning from the Bible with others as it is read out loud remains important for those interested in connecting with God and each other. In this short but essential course, Prof. N.T. Wright explains why experiencing the Bible read aloud is a formative activity everyone should experience.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone interested in creating a more meaningful life through Biblical wisdom
  • Clergy looking for resources or inspiration to enhance their sermons and other work in the church, as well as their personal ongoing spiritual journey
  • Fans of N.T. Wright interested in Professor Wright’s perspective on maximizing the impact the Bible has in our communities


N.T. Wright
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
  • 28,723 Reviews
  • 123,768 Students
  • 42 Courses

N.T Wright received his BA, MA and D.Phil. from Oxford University. He taught New Testament at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities 1978-1993. He was Dean of Lichfield, then Canon of Westminster, then Bishop of Durham (Church of England), 1994-2010.  Prof. Wright is Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and is currently Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. He has published over 85 books and hundreds of articles.  In 2014 Prof. Wright received the Burkitt Medal from the British Academy for services to New Testament scholarship. He enjoys music, golf the Isle of Harris, and spending time with his family in the midst of a busy schedule of writing and travelling.

David P. Seemuth
  • 4.8 Instructor Rating
  • 28,832 Reviews
  • 123,895 Students
  • 43 Courses

David Seemuth has a Ph.D. from Marquette University in the field of Religious Studies with an emphasis on New Testament Theology. He has taught at the graduate level for over 30 years at numerous universities and seminaries. He also has 21 years of on-line teaching experience. His passion is to see that people not only understand the Scripture, but also apply them to daily life.

Teaching Assistant
Jennifer Loop
  • 4.8 Instructor Rating
  • 28,576 Reviews
  • 122,731 Students
  • 41 Courses

Jennifer Loop is currently a doctoral student at Durham University. She is the Director of Ministry Engagement for the Wisconsin Center for Christian Studies, and plays a critical role in the online education, both organizational and theological, by guiding the online student experience. Jennifer enjoys engaging with a virtual community of diverse students and learners to explore how theology, faith and practice intersect.

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