Do you really need the numbers to know the Bible?

Luke, Matthew, Mark, John, Paul, Peter, Apollos, Ignatius, Irenaeus, Justin, Polycarp, Origen, a couple of Clements, Tertullian, Chrysostom, Athanasius, Augustine, Gregory, Jerome, Cyril, Basil, Ambrose, Anselm, Bernard, Wycliffe, Thomas a Kempis, Erasmus, Tyndale, Luther, and Calvin—just a few of the people who couldn’t study the Scriptures very well because they didn’t have the benefit of a shared, numbered chapter and verse system to navigate by.And then there’s this fellow:

“He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me.”

Perhaps there’s more to Bible study than following a string of numbered references. Perhaps there’s another way to know the Bible.


Wow, Glenn. What a GREAT point. Thanks for this reminder.

Check out the original post over at The Books of the Bible blog, which is a series of posts related to the recently published Bible, cleverly deemed “The Books of the Bible“, which I wrote about in a previous post.


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