Tony Payne:

Can we imagine a time before Bibles? That is, a time before the widespread availability of cheap, accessible Bible translations in the common language of our culture? A time when literacy was not as universal as it is in most modern Western societies?

Surely that time would comprise most of the history of the world in most places since the time of Jesus. (And of course, the Christians of the New Testament would not have had a New Testament.)

And that leads me to a question: how did people have their quiet times? For us, a regular (preferably daily) reading of the Bible is a staple of spiritual growth, and rightly so. But what about all those Christians in history who didn’t have a Bible? Or couldn’t read?

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