Chapter & Verse Numbers


Can anyone tell me when the chapter and verse numbers were added to the bible ? It is my understanding that the original manuscripts did not have numbers or even punctuation. So who “inserted” the numbers ?

Thanks or your help!


The division of the Bible into chapters was a result of work done by Stephen Langton (d. 1227), who later became the Archbishop of Canterbury. Father Santes Pagninus, a Dominican priest, divided the Old Testament chapters into verses in 1528, and Robert Estienne, a printer in Paris, did the same for the New Testament in 1551.


From I’m not sure as to the validity.

The first person to divide the Bible into chapters in a systematic way was Cardinal Hugo de Sancto Caro from 1244 and 1248 A.D. The chapter divisions that are commonly used today were developed by Stephen Langton, an Archbishop of Canterbury. Langton put the modern chapter divisions into place in around 1227 A.D. The Wycliffe English Bible of 1382 was the first Bible to use this chapter pattern. Since the Wycliffe Bible, nearly all Bible translations have followed Langton’s chapter divisions.

The Hebrew Old Testament was divided into verses by a Jewish Rabbi by the name of Nathan in 1448 A.D. Robert Estienne, who was also known as Stephanus, was the first to divide and print the Bible divided into standard numbered verses in 1555. Since that time, beginning with the Geneva Bible, the chapter and verse divisions employed by Stephanus have been accepted into nearly all the Bible versions.


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