In regards to Chapter and verse numbers for the Old (and New) Testament. Chapter headings did exists, but not verse numbers until much later and this was a western invention. The monks of Mt. Athos have lectionaries and little hand held gospel books that they use to follow the various gospel readings for that Sunday Gospel reading. All liturgical readings have NO verses, but do have notations that say at what line the various Gospel readings begin and end.
As for the Old Testament, there were just the Chapter headings until later western manuscripts appeared with verses in between the various sentences. Verses, although logical are ultimately arbitrary. Chapter headings or headings obviously are less so.
Hope this helps.
PS. Interesting little note in the little gospel books that are used on Mt. Athos the book of Revelations is also printed following the Gospels. This is interesting because there are NO liturgical readings for the book of Revelations.
Matthew Johnson <mej1960@...> wrote:
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