Chapter and Verse Divisions

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Our Bible’s chapter and verse divisions allow us to locate and reference a particular portion of Scripture quickly; but we must always keep in mind as we read and study the Bible that these divisions are in fact man-made.

The first English edition to use chapter numbers was Wycliffe’s version of 1382. Verse divisions in the Greek New Testament were introduced by Robert Stephanus of Paris in 1551. The Latin Vulgate edition of 1555 was the first entire Bible to use chapter and verse numbers; the first English New Testament to contain them was the Geneva Bible of 1560. (Eugene H. Glassman, The Translation Debate, 1981, page 37)

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

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