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The main division of a book.

chapter and verse an exact reference or authority; originally, the exact reference to a passage of Scripture (the usage is recorded from the early 17th century). Chapter and verse divisions to the scriptures are of comparatively late date; Jewish scholars of the 6th to 10th centuries ad (Masoretes) divided books into verses, and the New Testament was divided into chapters by Stephen Langton (c. 1150–1228). Verses appeared in the Greek and Latin editions of the New Testament produced in Geneva in 1551, and then in the English Geneva Bible of 1560.

chapter of accidents a series of unfortunate events; the term is recorded from the late 18th century.

Subjects: Bibliography.


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