The Waldensians suffered much persecution in Europe. When they feared their Bibles would all be destroyed, they began to memorize them. Different family members would take different sections of scripture so that a family member would memorize an entire book of the Bible. An Inquisitor in 1260 said, "I have heard unlettered countrymen who used to recite Job word for word. And many others who knew the whole New Testament perfectly." If all the Bible you had was that portion you could quote, would you have any Bible at all?

 

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J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.