Wednesday, February 28, 2007

“Comments” Feature now turned ON

by Steve Ray on February 28, 2007

You can now leave comments under blog entries.

Please inform me by email if you see objectionable comments.

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Loads of new Audio CD Talks by Steve Ray

by Steve Ray on February 28, 2007

Check here for all the new audio CD talks by Steve Ray. You can see and/or print an order form here.

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Did the Bible Always have Chapters & Verses?

by Steve Ray on February 28, 2007

No! The chapter and verse divisions in the Bible are relatively recent additions to the Bible. Originally it was written in Hebrew and Greek and there were NO chapter and verse divisions–in fact, most of the time there was not even spaces between the words!

Interestingly, in the book of Hebrews the writer is quoting the Old Testament and because it did not have chapters and verses and he was working out of a cumbersome rolled scroll, the writer said "Somewhere it says . . ."  (Heb 2:6, 4:4).

Here is a paragraph from my book St. John's Gospel:

“The different divisions of the material within the NT books are not ancient. The chapter divisions are usually attributed to Cardinal Hugo de San Caro, who in A.D. 1248 used them in preparing a Bible index, but he may have borrowed them from the earlier [Catholic] archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langton. The modern verses derive from Robert Estienne (Stephanus), who, according to his son Henry, made the divisions while on a journey on horseback from Paris to Lyons. They were first published in Stephanus’ Greek Testament of 1551 and first appeared in an English translation of the NT in William Whittingham’s version of 1557. The first complete Bible in English with our verses was the Geneva Bible of 1560” (Achtemeier, Harper’s Bible Dictionary, 699).

Also mentioned on the Morning Air show today is my book Crossing the Tiber with all the Scriptural and historical quotes and explanations about Born Again and Water Baptism, and the Real Presence in the Eucharist. It is also my conversion story.

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