Sir Walter Scott, the great Scottish writer and author of Ivanhoe, was a devout reader of the Bible.

On the flyleaf of his personal Bible, he wrote a special set of lines: “Within that awful volume lies/The mystery of mysteries!/Happiest they of human race,/To whom God has granted grace/To read, to fear, to hope, to pray,/To lift the latch, and force the way;/And better that they’d ne’er been born/Who read to doubt, or read to scorn.

Webb Garrison has noted, “Numerous biographers and students of English literature have amassed abundant evidence that . . . Scott really did ‘lift the latch’—for numerous plots, sub-plots, and characters in his novels are drawn directly from the Bible. It takes only a cursory reading to discover Leah and Rachel in The Abbot, his first novel published after he was made a baronet in 1820. Abraham and Sarah are as readily identified in Kenilworth (1821). A casual acquaintance with Scripture enables one to find Ruth and Naomi in Guy Mannering (1815), but the less familiar story of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath (1 Kgs 17:8-24) is not quite so readily identified in The Monastery (1820). A complete list of characters and situations drawn directly from Holy Writ by the still popular teller of tales would run to many pages.”

Scott read his Bible. Do you read yours?

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