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  • The Origin of the Chapters and Verses in the Bible by Laurence M. Vance

    PrintLaurence M. Vance’s short but scholarly booklet traces the origin of chapter and verse insertions into the biblical text.  While these divisions have been maligned by some (p. 5), they have proven to be extremely beneficial to the readers of Scripture.  As might be suspected those who first thought of dividing the Bible in this way can be traced to ancient times.  But modern chapter divisions are attributed to Stephen Langton in the early part of the thirteenth century.  Verse divisions, as we recognize them today, stem from Robert Stephanus who apparently created the verse indicators while traveling in the mid-1500s (pp. 26-27) and resting at inns, not while on horseback as legend would have it.  His verse divisions met with wide acceptance and were incorporated into various English Bibles, including the King James in 1611 (p. 31). Vance includes page images from various Bible translations revealing their suggested divisions,…(Read More)

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