January 17, 2013

A Bible Without Numbers

Chris Brundage, Christian Century

Since I am curious about new versions of the Bible, I picked up a copy of The Books of the Bible, an edition without section headings or chapter and verse divisions. Simply the plain text, in the NIV translation, in a single column format. They changed the order in the Old Testament (or First Testament) to conform to the threefold division in the Hebrew Bible of Law, Prophets and Writings. They also changed the arrangement in the New Testament, beginning with Luke-Acts as one work in two volumes. I have long wanted an edition of the Bible uncluttered with chapter and verse numbers. It is a pleasure to read, and you realize how short a typical passage from the Bible is.

I read the Gospel of Luke first and reflected on the provocative life of Jesus. I noted...

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October 19, 2013
The Rod of the Bible
Philip Jenkins, The Anxious Bench
I have been spending a lot of time recently with the apocryphal texts of the Old Testament, the pseudepigrapha. This material can become obsessive!Through much of Christian history, the relationship between Old and New... more ››
October 17, 2013
Archaeology vs. the Bible
Christa Case Bryant, Christian Science Monitor
The workday is just beginning in Jerusalem, 20 miles to the northeast over folded ridges and misty valleys, but the sound of clinking trowels and creaking wheelbarrows has been echoing across this hillside since dawn. Dust... more ››
October 16, 2013
Why This Atheist Likes the Bible
Herb Silverman, Washington Post
What do Christian fundamentalists and many atheists have in common?  Both read the Bible as if it were meant to be taken literally, and both quote selected passages to buttress their case. Some atheists, for instance,... more ››