National Day of the Bible

Reading the Bible publicly has its historical origins in the word of God. Israel gathered to hear its leaders read scripture.

The inspiration for the National Day of the Bible is from Nehemiah 8:1-3.

“Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded Israel. So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding on the first day of the seventh month. Then he read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.”

And in the New Testament from I Timothy 4:13

“give attention to the public reading of scripture.”


Recommended Protocol
1. The Word of God and its proclamation is the purpose of this holy gathering.

2. Gather at noon on the Monday of Thanksgiving Week at a public square, public building or government facility in your city.

3. Bring together business, political, religious and civic leaders of your community to read God’s Word out loud before an assembled gathering.

4. Have each leader choose a section of scripture no more than about fifteen verses in length to read without commentary.

5. Ask these leaders to inform you beforehand about their selection so that there is not duplication.

6. Encourage the audience to read along if they bring their Bibles.

7. Video and photograph the event and please post them to the