Did you know that chapters and verses were not a part of the Bible in its original form? Scholars differ in their opinions on who developed the modern divisions and when those occurred. However, most agree that they were added for ease of reading as well as a way to notate verses. But do the chapter and verse divisions always enhance the reading of Scripture? Many would say no.
Click here to use an interactive graphic and read an article by Christopher R. Smith and Bible Study Magazine to see how, as they say, “the chapters in Colossians disrupt our interpretation of Paul’s letter.”
That’s why I believe inductive Bible study is such a great way to study the Bible. You read Scripture as it was written – a whole book at a time. It helps you see past chapter divisions to understand the message of a particular book as a whole. If you are unfamiliar with the inductive study method, click here to download and print a free guide from Precept Ministries International. It’s sort of a crash course on learning to use the inductive study method.
Chapters and verses in the Bible – were they in the original and, therefore, inspired by God? No they weren’t. So do we really need them? I believe the answer is yes – as long as we learn how to keep these man-made divisions from disrupting our understanding of what God is saying to us through His Holy Word.