Scripture References

QUESTION: When did Scripture references originate?


Scripture references were not included in the original manuscripts of the Bible. The first person to divide the Bible into chapters in a systematic way was Cardinal Hugo de Sancto Caro from 1244 and 1248 A.D. He saw the need for verses to be designated so that readers could find a particular passage easily. However, his divisions are not the chapters and verse divisions we use today.

In 1227, Stephen Langston, Archbishop of Canterbury, divided the Bible into the modern chapter divisions. The Wycliffe English Bible of 1382 was the first Bible to use this chapter pattern.

By 1555, the New Testament was divided into verses, and the first standard numbered Bible was by Robert Stephens, a printer in Paris. Then, in 1560, the Geneva Bible, an English translation of the Bible made by the English exiles in Geneva, first divided the entire Bible into the verses that we still use today.

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