Readers in Christian Science Churches

From the time of Moses, there have been public readers and expounders of the sacred Scriptures, selected obviously for their spiritual qualities. In the book of Deuteronomy it is written that "Moses commanded them, saying, ... When all Israel is come to appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing. Gather the people together ... that they may learn, and fear the Lord your God, and observe to do all the words of this law." In Joshua, also, we are told that "there was not a word of all that Moses commanded, which Joshua read not." In Nehemiah it is related that Ezra read the law, and also "Jeshua, and Bani ... read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading." In the gospel of Luke we learn that Jesus went to the synagogue and, calling for the book of Esaias, "stood up for to read." The Revelator declared him to be "blessed ... that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy."

Accordingly, when, in 1895, Mrs. Eddy ordained the Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" to be the Pastor of the Christian Science church, and provided for Readers to conduct the services in all Churches of Christ, Scientist, reading from these books, she followed well-established precedent in the custom adopted in the long ago by the spiritual leaders of Israel, even by the Founder of Christianity himself.

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