Combatting Biblical Illiteracy—Amir Tsarfati

We sat down with Amir Tsarfati, founder and president of Behold Israel. He shares about the importance of the public reading of Scripture to combat Biblical illiteracy and urges us to start gatherings in our communities.


The Word of God is changing people. It’s not pastors, and it’s not preachers, and it’s not professors. It is the Word of God that is sharper than a two-edged sword. So if people want to see change in their life, they first need to go back to the Word of God.

But this is exactly why Paul told Timothy to always, always continue with the public reading, the preaching, and the teaching. And it’s interesting because you go to church; you do have the teaching, you do have the preaching, but for some strange reason the reading of the Scriptures is either vanished completely or it’s there for about 25 seconds, for two or three verses only.

And so, I believe that one of the biggest problems of Christianity nowadays is Bible illiteracy. And one of the best ways to counter that one and combat that illiteracy is literally sitting together and listening to the Scriptures.

All you need to do is just read. The Bible is right there, you can do it in a way of pressing play and then listening to the drama Bible. Or you can have just someone reading out loud. But all you really need is to read or to listen to some audio Bible and that’s it.

And I urge people to form groups. If you don’t have it in your church, form groups and do it together in home Bible groups, or at your church maybe sometimes during the week, or maybe come earlier to church and do that reading. But do not neglect that which Paul told Timothy to practice.