~fr—i the mm Iptimate thir conviction, the deeper" ought to be the ind%nation that any man should attempt io exalt the 'Fa thers, either smgbf^or collectively, to the same level wifli the Scriptures, or attempt to divide their exclusive paramount authority with that of a set of men on whose pages are so legibly Inscribed the marks of error, absurdity, and fantastic raving. » From the Literary Magazine. Why is the Bible divided noraerieallf into chapters and verses! 1 This manner of subdividing die matter of a book into small verses is peculiar to the Bible; and it is the abuse of a contri vance, that was designed for another pur pose, the hisgpry and progress of which is worth considering. The sacred Books, whether Hebrew or Greek, came from the pen of their writers, and were in the hands of those for whom they were originally composed, without any division of this sort. The' first need of any thing like such a division was after the Babylonish captivity: the Jews had then mostly for gotten the original Hebrew; and when it was read in the synagogue, it was found necessary to have an interpretation into the Chaldee, for the use of the coihmon people. To make this interpretation in telligible and useful, the readei of the He brew used to pause at short distances while the interpreter pronounced the same passage in the Chaldee; such pauses be came established, and were marked in the manuscripts, forming a sort of verse like those in our present Bibles. This divi sion ipto verses was confined to the He brew scriptures, and to the people for whose use it was contrived. No such di vision was made in die translation of the seventy, nor in the Latin version; so that the Bible used in the Greek and Western churches was without anyeuch division*, either m the Old or New Testament. It was, however, found necessary, in after times, to make a division and subdivision a learned Jew, for the same purpose of re ference, in making a concordance to the Hebrew Bible. This was Rabbi Morde cai Nathan, who earned the contrivance a step farther; for instead of adhering to foe subdivisions of Cardinal Hugo, he made others, much smaller, and distinguished them, not by letters, but by numbeali This invention was received into foe La tin Bibles, and they make the present verses of foe Old Testament. In doing this, he mi upon foe oh visions and verse is an invention p and partly Jewish, and tha sole purpose of reference, j rily with a view to any i -of the several subjects com The New Testament without any subdivision i one was at length made, foi purpose of a concordance, die of the sixteenth centurj of this was Robert Stephei ed printer at Paris. He fc ample of Rabbi Nathan, the chapters into small ve them; a^d he printc the division soon can the former one of the same recomm ance that depend Testaments, as w after distinguishe<

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