The Joy of Unit-Reading #17 (the book of Galatians)

27 Jan

Let’s continue our journey in reading 65 (of the 66) of the books of the Bible in one sitting — one book at a time, of course.   Some of the longer books may take an hour or two.  But there are benefits to reading a whole book at one time — and that’s called unit-reading.

You may not know that the chapter and verse divisions in our Bibles are not inspired by God!  In fact, one article tells us that —

“The chapter divisions commonly used today were developed by Screenshot 2016-01-05 06.32.52Stephen Langton, an Archbishop of Canterbury. Langton put the modern chapter divisions into place in around A.D. 1227. 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 A.D. 1448. Robert Estienne, who was also known as Stephanus, was the first to divide the New Testament into standard numbered verses, in 1555. Stephanus essentially used Nathan’s verse divisions for the Old Testament. 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.”

But, if you’re at all like me, you stop reading at the end of a chapter!  Unit-reading means reading through the whole book.  And our book today is the short NT letter to the Galatians!

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