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Read a PDF of an actual Waldensian Scripture-Lesson
from 1100 AD. translated into English!
"Nobla Lecon"

During the Dark Ages, to preach or teach the Bible openly meant certain death. But the True Bible believing Christians of those times tried to find ways to bring the True Gospel to the people. One way some Missionaries did it was to live as wandering Minstrels or Troubadours. They could often sing the Gospel message and even verses and chapters of the Bible to the people as folk songs. In those days when there was no Radio of recorded music, minstrels were welcomed in many places.

The Nobla Lecon

If no spiritual movement among men is great unless it has produced a glorious literature, then the message of the Waldenses can be called great. Among other products remaining from the writings of this martyred and wonderful people mention should be made of the Nobla Lecon (Noble Lesson) written in the Romaunt tongue, the common language of the south of Europe from the eighth to the fourteenth century. Its opening words claim that the date of the composition was 1100. On it the people to whom the treatise belongs is definitely called the Vaudois, and this is nearly a century before Peter Waldo. Much study has been made to determine whether the statement regarding 1100 is from the author or authors of the Nobla Lecon, or is from another hand. There has also been considerable thought given to the commencement of the 1100 years.

The Nobla Lecon begins, "Hear, oh brothers, a Noble Lesson." Then there appears before the reader a sublime presentation of the origin and the story of the plan of redemption. The Nobla Lecon stands for the eternal moral obligation of the Ten Commandments, and in that light it presents the great expiation on the cross. One is led along step by step in considering what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon man in such divine provisions for his ransom from the fall. Its soft and glowing terms stir the soul. No one can read the chapter by Peter Allix in which he analyzes and presents the message of the Nobla Lecon without feeling that a great contribution has been made to the world's literature.