i was pondering marys song when she visited elizabeth. am i correct in thinking there would have been no family bible for her to read? when you think about it the scriptures would be kept at the synagogue as a collection of scrolls?? what access wpuld the layman have to the OT scrolls? how would a laywoman read isaiah for example? the service seems to have permitted laymen to go to the front and read the portion for that week - what would there be beyond that? imagine bible study when the only bible was in the church _ the lecturn bible!