Saturday, August 08, 2009

Regarding Chapters and Verses

Gordon Fee writes regarding the chapter break at 1 Thess 2:1:
While these aid in "finding" things, they are unfortunate in that they cause people to read the Bible differently from the way they would read anything else; and, as here, they often create false divisions of thought. Even the language "chapter and verse" unwittingly advocates a kind of gnomic approach to Scripture that gets in the way of good reading. By taking out the numbers, one can easily see what Paul is concerned with.
—Gordon Fee, The First and Second Letters to the Thessalonians, NICNT, 51

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