After watching, click this link to head over to Bible Gateway and look at a few different renderings of this coming Sunday’s Gospel reading (Mark 6:1-13). I’ve chosen five parallels — not for the differences in the text but for the differences in the heading at the top of each one. Remember, those headings are editorial. The publishers of the various translations put those in. We have five different headings for the same six verses!
Now Click here to download a PDF of this Sunday’s Gospel reading in two different formats. The first is with headings, chapters, and verses, and the second is without. (Note: Originally, the link above went to a website showing the same material, but I began having difficulty with the link working, hence the new solution.)
Prompts for Discussion
Use the comments box below (under “Leave a Reply”) to discuss some of these prompts. You can post more than one comment and respond to other people’s comments The first time you do it, you many need to provide some basic info like name and email.
1) Which of the additions to the pages of the Bible does the version you most often use contain? I’m sure they all have chapters and verses, but what about headings? Red letter Jesus-speak? Annotations? What about little devotional materials in boxes?
2) The first link above sends you to Bible Gateway and five different versions of Sunday’s Gospel reading. Which heading do you thinks works best and why? (The choices are: Jesus in his Hometown, A Prophet Without Honor, Teaching at Nazareth, Just a Carpenter, Jesus is Rejected at Nazareth)
3) If you had to come up with a heading for the first half of the passage, what would it be? (One of the ones in #2 or something new entirely)
4) Stay on Biblegateway.com and search your favorite passage of the Bible in several translations. How do the headings differ?
5) Compare the two links above that send you to Oremus Bible Browser. Does reading the text with no extraneous stuff on the page feel any different?
6) On the Oremus Bible Browser, search for your favorite passage and then use the buttons at the top of the page to turn off the headings and verse numbers and other stuff. How is it reading the passage with no extra stuff?
7) What do you think would happen to Biblical discourse if no one had ever come up with verse numbers?