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Heidegger's Bible Handbook: New Testament in General: Chapters

5. Whence had κεφάλαια/chapters their name? Stephanus call them Tmemata/sections.



The other division is according to κεφάλαια/chapters, or little-headings, which, although sometimes they are equivalent with those sections, as it is to be seen in Œcumenius[1] and others, yet they are more frequently parts of sections, smaller than the sections themselves. Their metaphor was sought, not from a manner of counting, but from the very order of the text of the books, and the very variety of the arguments: so that they are called chapters, because from the diversity of the argument, matters, and order they constitute a new chapter and a new part, and are distinguished by a certain space and greater letters. In the same sense the Rabbis called chapters פרקים/Pirkim, breaks/fractions, as it were, because they interrupt the series of the text, and break it into more parts. But Robertus Stephanus prefers to call them Tmemata/sections, rather than chapters.

[1] Œcumenius was thought to have been a late-tenth century bishop of Trikkala in Thessaly, but the authorship of the commentaries traditionally ascribed to him is confused. The commentaries on Acts and the Catholic Epistles are the same as those of Theophylact of Bulgaria (eleventh century); the commentary on the Pauline Epistles is older, copied in part from the work of Andrew of Cæsarea (563-637); the commentary on the Apocalypse appears to have been composed around the turn of the seventh century. Arethas of Cæsarea (ninth century) was a Greek Orthodox bishop and scholar. He compiled scholia on the Apocalypse, the oldest extant. Arethas’ comments on the Apocalypse were appended to the work of Œcumenius in this 1532 edition.

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ronfrancis
ronfrancis
25. Feb. 2020

Almost too long a comment from De Moor. It does appear that in our modern church world we have lost the art of reading the scriptures. I do like old John Gill’s comment on: Acts 13:15

And after the reading of the law and the prophets,.... Which was done every sabbath day, Act 15:21 The five books of Moses, which are meant by the law, were divided into sections: Genesis was divided into twelve, Exodus into eleven, Leviticus into ten, Numbers into ten, and Deuteronomy into ten, which in all make fifty three sections: and so by reading one on each sabbath, and two on one day, they read through the whole law in the course of a year, and…

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Dr. Dilday
Dr. Dilday
03. Feb. 2020

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Dr. Dilday
Dr. Dilday
03. Feb. 2020

De Moor's Didactico-Elenctic Theology, volume 2: 'And the Division into Chapters and Verses is not divine, but Human. Our AUTHOR in his Compendio Theologiæ with good reason distinguishes between the contemporary Division into Chapters and Verses, which we use, and the other Divisions of the Authentic Text, which among the Hebrews and Greeks were in use for ages.


To be sure, for ages the Jews had their פָּרָשׁוֹת/Parashot, into which the Pentateuch is divided, thus called from פרש, to be distinct or separated; to divide; in such a way that the Parashah indicates the separate section and ordinary reading assigned to each Sabbath. Fifty-four, or fifty-three, such Parashot are reckoned in the Pentateuch, in which readings the entire Mosaic Law…


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