Proclaiming Holy Scriptures

A Study of Place and Ritual

Reddit icon
e-mail icon
Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google icon
LinkedIn icon
David Pereyra
  • New York: 
    , December
     256 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


This book provides a comprehensive study on the proclamation of Holy Scriptures as an enacted celebration, as well as its function as a performance within sacralized theatrical spaces. Scripture is integral to religious life within Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and these traditions have venerated the reading of texts from an appointed place as a sacred act. Thus, the study of how these readings are conducted illuminates some vitally important aspects of this widespread act of worship.

Contributing to an underexplored area of scholarship, the book offers an overview of scripture reading in the three Abrahamic faiths and then focuses on where and how the “Word of God” is presented within the Christian tradition. It gathers and summarizes research on the origins of a defined place for the proclamation of holy writings, giving a thorough architectural analysis and interpretation of the various uses and symbols related to these spaces over time. Finally, the listener is considered with a phenomenological description of the place for reading and its hermeneutical interpretation.

The material in this book uncovers the contemporary impact of a rich history of publicly reading out scriptures. It will, therefore, be of great interest to scholars of liturgical theology, religious studies, and ritual studies.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

David H. Pereyra teaches at the University of St. Michael’s College and coordinates the Liturgy Seminar at the Toronto School of Theology at the University of Toronto. He holds degrees in architecture from Universidad de Buenos Aires, theology from the University of St. Michael’s College, and a postdoctoral fellowship in community engagement studies at the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University in Toronto.


Reading Religion welcomes comments from AAR members, and you may leave a comment below by logging in with your AAR Member ID and password. Please read our policy on commenting.