There is more to reading the words on the page than meets the eye. In order for the Bible to be read with comprehension and understanding, resulting in an appropriate response to God’s communication, the reader must be equipped with the skills to analyse, evaluate and assimilate the information.
Lyndal Webb argues that it is not enough to train people in basic reading skills. In order for them to be able to better engage with the Scripture they read, they need to move along the ‘Literacy Line’, developing higher literacy skills.
This article contains an appendix with suggestions on ways of training people to develop further.
Lyndal Webb is a Scripture Use consultant in Vanuatu.