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date: 29 May 2020

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Implementing the Scottish Reformation required decades of ecclesiastical innovation, as well as the instruction, conversion, and edification of the people. This chapter examines the ways in which the Bible was disseminated and consumed by Scottish Protestants in the century and a half after 1560. The chapter describes the Bible’s publication and distribution in Scotland, before going on to examine the role of the scriptures in public worship. Leading Scottish Protestants favoured preaching over public reading. The tendency to prioritize preaching became more marked after the Covenanting revolution of 1638–41, and in time Bible reading was almost entirely removed from the Church of Scotland’s public worship. By the end of the period, with Bible reading relocated from the church to the home, personal reading increasingly shaped Scots’ engagement with the Word.

Keywords: preaching, ministers, church readers, Scotland, Bible reading, Civil Wars, Covenanting, Bible in Gaelic

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