Have you ever wondered about Chapter and Verse numbers?

The purpose of the chapters and verse numbers was to facilitate reference. These divisions sometimes ignore logical and natural divisions.

If you keep up with my blog you know that sometimes I feel that they should be ignored sometimes when reading the Inspired text because they can be frustrating, they are not diviney inspired. And they sometimes distract us from the full context of a story, text.

It is likely that the original manuscripts did not even contain basic punctuation, far less an organized numbering system for each sentence.

But there remains a question….
when were verse and chapter numbers added to bible?

Until I asked this question, myself, I did not realize how the texts of the Bible through-out history have been divided. The Original Hebrew Manuscripts of the OT first was divided at each paragraph with Hebrew letters separating each paragraph.
around the time of the council of Niche the NT also was divided into Paragraphs.

Churchmen Archbishop Stephen Langton and Cardinal Hugo de Sancto Caro determined different schemas for systematic division of the Bible between 1227 and 1248. It is the system of Archbishop Langton on which the modern chapter divisions are based.

Verse numbers came later: Rabbi Isaac Nathan around 1440.

Okay so I do need to mention this…there are some groups who believe that the chapter and verse numbers have some significance and relevance to us today. CodedBible.com has a very strange theory, but it seems like a conspiracy to me.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapters_and_verses_of_the_Bible
http://www.bible-researcher.com/chapter-verse.html
http://www.biblebelievers.com/believers-org/kjv-stats.html

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Life is worth living


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Living with questions
We all have questions. We all need answers. It is good though to have more questions than answers. Life is a journey. We learn something new everyday.
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Living with answers
Knowing the truth will set us free. The truth, though, is not always easy to deal with. It takes time to wrestle with. Knowing the answer to question leads us to ask more questions. Sometimes we do not always like the truth, it can be harsh. But the truth, nevertheless, sets us free.

Living with God
Living with God, the Master of all things created, can be tough as well. It can be amazing also. We may think we know what is best or what is going to happen next in life, but only one Divine Being holds the truth and the future. He is the one we need to know to find truth and to be set free. He can truly fulfill us. None of our man made plans will ever fulfill the void only God can.
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Life is a journey
Life is amazing. It can feel like a roller coaster ride. It can suck, but then it can also feel like you are on a mountain top. But I challenge you to see life asa journey…not from one extreme to another but see and remember the stuff in between. Remember the path that gets you where you are going. Remember your friends that helped you. Remeber the memories that forged you into the right direction and not just hte end results.

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Life is a struggle
There will be times when we are struggling. There will be times of pain and suffering. Life is not eay. Even for the Christian, Jesus never said it would be easy. THere will be times when we need other and we need God to help us through.
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Worth it all
In the end it is worth it all wiht Christ.

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Favorite Apologetic/theology websites of late


http://www.alwaysbeready.com/
-This is a neat “field guide” that might help you get information about other faiths and cults. It also could help you share your Christian faith better to people you know who believe in another world view.

This one is one of my favorites. It is geared toward High school and college-aged students. There is infomation from topics ranging from ‘Who is Jesus’ to college life issues and life questions.

This site is highly recognized for tackling all kinds of hot issues in both the political and scientific realms. The site originally was created for the historical and scientifically minded and those who challenged the evidence of Christ’s existence and Christ’s life. Today the site is easy to understand for people of all education levels and branched out to tackle many more
issues including social issues of divorce and homosexuality.

You might be able to figure out what this site is about judging by the title. “Debate, argument, and apologetics contending earnestly for the faith.” It was created by an ex-atheist turned Christian and others helping him!!! There are some pretty good knock-out arguments in here!

This site is also an excellent site to send your atheistic friends and friends who say “I want to believe but there just is not enough or any evidence…” Because the truth is there is tons of
evidence proving God’s existence. They are just not looking for it, they may not want to believe it, and/or they have been hidden from the truth. Today’s media and society do not
want us to beieve in just one way solutions, but this is the only way- The Word of God is the absolute truth.

Answersingenesis.org
This site is fulled with tons of answers to crazy questions ranging from UFOs to Creation to Abortion to Moral Issues to Mutations and more !!!
Probe.org
This one is one of my favorites! So many resources can be found from this site. Not just apologetic truths but so much! There are articles from tons of professors and experts about how our faith relates to our culture, science, politics, sexuality. This site also helps explore different
world religions, cults, theology, philosophy, and even psychology. It probes both historical things along with current day issues.A must go to site for any intellectual mind.

This site I highly recommend for you Bible stomppers who really love and appreciate theology and always want to be right about how the Word is viewed and understood. This site is
excellent resource for someone researching theology and want to know
what the Word of God says and all sides of the issue!

Veritas.org

Veritas means Truth. The Veritas Forum is an opportunity for entire university communities to explore and discuss life’s hardest questions. The Veritas Forum is an effort to engage Universities in its most fundamental purpose: the pursuit of knowledge. The Veritas website offers years and years worth of free material in helping you and deal with those most difficult questions. Evidence for the answers of these questions comes from both Scripture and the pursuit of knowledge.

http://www.gotquestions.org/
This website I have found interesting. Some issues it is great, but on other issues i have found this website biased and/or lacking to in the way they answer certain questions.

I do have a shout-out for my friends in my apartment desiringgod.org – Anything reformed and John Piper related is usually a good choice.