Interesting Church Sign...


…at one of those little country independent churches that proliferate in the south:

“Book chapter and verse defeat mans’ sic] traditions.”

And what bubbled to the top of my twisted little mind?

“And just where is that in the Bible?”




How ironic! “Book, chapter and verse” is “man’s tradition”.

Does anyone have a history of when the New Testament was divided into chapters and verses? I believe the time period was the Middle Ages.


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.

In the New Testament, the verse divisions were first added by Robert Estienne in his 1551 edition of the Greek New testament. In 1557, the first English New Testament with verse divisions were used in a translation by William Whittingham (c. 1524-1579).



I like one a church put up at Christmas time:

“No matter if you’ve been naughty or nice, just come home for Christmas!”

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