It's all here and nowhere elseAn early description of English Evangelicals, the forebears of Evangelicals in the Episcopal Church, from a Jesuit priest:

Each of them had his own Bible, and sedulously turned the pages and looked up the texts cited by the preachers, discussing the passages among themselves to see whether they had quoted them to the point, and accurately, and in harmony with their tenets. Also they would start arguing among themselves about the meaning of passages from the Scriptures – men, women, boys, girls, rustics, labourers and idiots

A 21st century observer of Evangelicals in the same tradition would perhaps notice fewer rustics and laborers, but I think would still see the rest, and most still with his or her own Bible, checking the text to see if the preacher, or leader of a Bible Study, has it right, and the wise leader will be grateful when corrected. Two heads are better than one when reading the Bible as in other cases, and many heads better still.

What would be good reading for Evangelicals in the Episcopal Church at this stage in our history?

Thanks to Andrew Cambers for the quote; see his Godly Reading: Print, Manuscript and Puritanism in England, 1580–1720  (Cambridge University Press 2011)
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