I’m feeling kind of ripped off. Yesterday I discovered that the books of my Bible are in the wrong order!!! Can you believe it?!
Our lecture yesterday touched on the order of scripture and noted that while we, as Westerners, tend to approach things quite chronologically, the Hebrew people historically approached things more thematically. The result of which was that the scriptures were reordered to reflect a chronological rather than thematic focus. This, my lecturer argued, has lead to us failing to make connections that the original audience would have made quite logically. It also means we diminish the unity of the scriptures. He gave numerous examples – at which point my head exploded – one of which was that traditionally Chronicles was the last book of the Jewish Scriptures. This is significant because Chronicles begins with a genealogy that is then continued in Matthew and this is only the beginning!!!
Did you know this?
Do you feel as ripped off as me?
This revelation made me wonder about the role of man in recording and passing on God’s word. It’s such an important thing! How could we get it so wrong at times? And then I wondered, if God is in control of this, why did he allow the books of the scriptures to be rearranged? Especially if it means we are missing out, or at least working very hard to get back, significant connections. If the changes happened way back at the completion of the Septuagint Greek Manuscripts, was the reordering part of God’s plan in reaching those outside the Hebrew communities? Those who think chronologically rather than thematically.
What do you think?
Do you feel as ripped off as I do?
Where can I get my hands on a Jewish Bible? I want to read that Bible cover to cover and see what I find.
The original order of the scriptures:
- 1. Genesis [בראשית / B’reshit]
- 2. Exodus [שמות / Sh’mot]
- 3. Leviticus [ויקרא / Vayiqra]
- 4. Numbers [במדבר / B’midbar]
- 5. Deuteronomy [דברים / D’varim]
The books of Nevi’im
- 6. Joshua [יהושע / Y’hoshua]
- 7. Judges [שופטים / Shophtim]
- 8. Samuel (I & II) [שמואל / Sh’muel]
- 9. Kings (I & II) [מלכים / M’lakhim]
- 10. Isaiah [ישעיה / Y’shayahu]
- 11. Jeremiah [ירמיה / Yir’mi’yahu]
- 12. Ezekiel [יחזקאל / Y’khezqel]
- 13. The Twelve Minor Prophets [תרי עשר]
- I. Hosea [הושע / Hoshea]
- II. Joel [יואל / Yo’el]
- III. Amos [עמוס / Amos]
- IV. Obadiah [עובדיה / Ovadyah]
- V. Jonah [יונה / Yonah]
- VI. Micah [מיכה / Mikhah]
- VII. Nahum [נחום / Nakhum]
- VIII. Habakkuk [חבקוק /Khavaquq]
- IX. Zephaniah [צפניה / Ts’phanyah]
- X. Haggai [חגי / Khagai]
- XI. Zechariah [זכריה / Z’kharyah]
- XII. Malachi [מלאכי / Mal’akhi]
- 14. Psalms [תהלים / T’hilim]
- 15. Proverbs [משלי / Mishlei]
- 16. Job [איוב / Iyov]
- 17. Song of Songs [שיר השירים / Shir Hashirim]
- 18. Ruth [רות / Rut]
- 19. Lamentations [איכה / Eikhah]
- 20. Ecclesiastes [קהלת / Qohelet]
- 21. Esther [אסתר / Est(h)er]
- 22. Daniel [דניאל / Dani’el]
- 23. Ezra–Nehemiah [עזרא ונחמיה / Ezra wuNekhem’ya]
- 24. Chronicles (I & II) [דברי הימים / Divrey Hayamim]