They are central elements of the human condition that may plague the individual and the nation, pollute the sanctuary and the land, and prevent safe human- divine interaction.
Chapters and verses of the Bible The chapter divisions and verse numbers have no significance in the Jewish tradition. Nevertheless, they are noted in all modern editions of the Tanakh so that verses may be located and cited. The division of Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles into parts I and II is also indicated on each page of those books in order to prevent confusion about whether a chapter number is from part I or II, since the chapter numbering for these books follows their partition in the Christian textual tradition.
The adoption of the Christian chapter divisions by Jews began in the late Middle Ages in Spain, partially in the context of forced clerical debates which took place against a background of harsh persecution and of the Spanish Inquisition the debates required a common system for citing biblical texts.
From the standpoint of the Jewish textual tradition, the chapter divisions are not only a foreign feature with no basis in the mesorah, but are also open to severe criticism of three kinds: The chapter divisions often reflect Christian exegesis of the Bible.
Even when they do not imply Christian exegesis, the chapters often divide the biblical text at numerous points that may be deemed inappropriate for literary or other reasons.
They ignore the accepted closed and open space division which are based on the mesorah Nevertheless, because they proved useful for citations, they are often included in most Hebrew editions of the biblical books.
For more information on the origin of these divisions, see chapters and verses of the Bible. However, in many Jewish editions of the Tanakh published over the past forty years, there has been a major trend towards minimizing the impact and prominence of the chapter and verse numbers on the printed page.
Most editions accomplish this by removing them from the text itself and relegating them to the margins of the page. The main text in these editions is unbroken and uninterrupted at the beginning of chapters which are noted only in the margin. Some versions have even introduced a new chapter system.
These modern Jewish editions present Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles as well as Ezra as single books in their title pages, and make no indication inside the main text of their division into two parts though it is noted in the upper and side margins. In such editions, the second books of Samuel, Kings and Chronicles follow the respective first books on the very same page, with no special break at all in the flow of the text.
In the case of Kings, in which no parashah division appears at this point, the text of II Kings continues that of I Kings on the very same line of text.
Jewish Hebrew editions have a different pattern regarding Chronicles I Chronicles chapters 5 and 6. In I Chronicles in Christian sources chapter 5 ends at verse Chronicles Jewish editions of Chronicles 5: In Jewish Hebrew editions 6: This difference offsets other more contextual differences. Jewish and Christian translations often differ.Why Study the Bible in Hebrew The Jewish poet, Hayim Naliman Bialik, once said that to study the Holy Scriptures in any language other than the original Hebrew is like kissing a beautiful woman with a veil between your face and hers.
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