"Only 16 percent of Christians polled said they read the Bible daily." - Gallup Poll 10/20/2000 Something must be done to bring a stop to the steep decline in people who read and engage in God's Word. Only through reading and understanding the Bible for what it really is, one big narrative, can this alarming trend be reversed. After Chapters and Verses traces the history of the features that were added to the Bible, such as chapter and verse numbers, section headings and study notes. It shows how these features make it more difficult, and actually get in the way of us understanding the Scriptures, and explains how International Bible Society (now Biblica) designed a new format to remove all these reading and comprehension roadblocks. After Chapters and Verses also looks to the future, showing how we can read, study, preach, and teach the Bible more meaningfully and effectively by engaging its books and letters the way their authors purposefully intended."
The Rev. Dr. Christopher R. Smith is an author and biblical scholar who lives in East Lansing, Michigan. He served local churches for nearly twenty years in Massachusetts, Ontario and Michigan and is now a volunteer campus staff member with Graduate InterVarsity at Michigan State University. He was a consulting editor to the International Bible Society (now Biblica) for an edition of the Scriptures that presents the biblical books according to their natural literary outlines, without chapters and verses. He was one of the translators for Smith has a B.A. in literature from Harvard, a master's degree in theological studies from Gordon-Conwell, and a Ph.D. in historical theology and Bible from Boston College. He has taught visiting, adjunct and extension courses at Williams College, Regent College and the Ontario Bible College (now Tyndale University College). His articles have appeared in professional journals such as and the in periodicals such as and on websites such as
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