What is the middle book of the Bible, and what is the middle verse?

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United States
July 28, 2007 11:11am CST
The Bible is made up of 66 books and two sections: The Old Testament (or "Tanach" in Hebrew) and the New Testament (or "B'rit Hadashah" in Hebrew). Actually the Old Testament was written in Hebrew and some Aramaic originally, and the New Testament was written in Koine Greek and some Hebrew. If you use one of the English versions, what is the middle book, and what is the middle verse? If you use the Complete Hebrew Bible, there will be a different middle book, as well as a different middle verse--what are they?
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@ryanphil01 (4185)
• Philippines
28 Jul 07
In the King James version of the Holy Bible, the Middle books: Micah and Nahum Middle verse: Psalm 118:8 In the Complete Hebrew Bible, the books are not anymore the same as in any English Bibles because the Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) is a Bible translated by Dr. David H. Stern in English. It consists of both the Old Testament Tanakh and includes his original Jewish New Testament (JNT) translation as one book. While the Old Testament is a complete paraphrase of the 1917 Jewish Publication Society version of the Tanakh, the New Testament is a fresh translation from the ancient Greek. It is Jewish in manner and presentation. The books of the Tanakh are placed in the same order as a Jewish Bible, unlike that of a Christian Bible translation of its equivalent Old Testament. The names of the books are Jewish along with their English names (if different). Semitic names are used for people and places. It also incorporates Hebrew and Yiddish expressions that Stern refers to as “Jewish English”. Honestly, I do no know exactly the middle book and the middle verse of the CJB. If you know, kindly share with us.
• United States
28 Jul 07
I can tell you have a CJB, or at least have done your research on it. Thank you for "doing your homework!" :) The middle chapter in the Protestant, English Bible is Psalm 117. The difference is, the Catholic Bible has the Apocriphal books in them, so the chapter, as well as the middle verse, would be different. The middle verses in the Bible are actually two: Psalm 103:1, 2. Those two verses are really wonderful! They say, "Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy Name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits." That's what life is all about--honoring and blessing the LORD with everything that is within us: our whole body, soul, mind, and strength (as well as loving our neighbor as ourselves)! And we are not only to bless and honor Him for Who He is, and He is incredible, but for all the things He does for those who love and reverence Him, for His own glory. My hope is that I will do that every day of my life, as well as those who read this discussion topic. :)
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@AnythngArt (3304)
• United States
28 Jul 07
Why is this important? I was raised as a Catholic, and I never heard anyone talking about the middle chapter and verse. Is there supposed to be some special message there? I am baffled by this discussion and could use some more information. Thanks.
• United States
28 Jul 07
You know what? I wasn't raised a Catholic, but I agree with you that there is no point in knowing the middle book and verse in the Bible. There is no special message. My point in raising the discussion was to get people to open their Bibles and read. Be baffled no longer. Just read the Bible daily--it is the primary way that God speaks to those who love and fear Him!
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@abroji (3247)
• India
29 Jul 07
Thank you ASL19741978 for this wonderfull discussion. Actually I did not refer the Bible to respond this discussion, but after this I will refer it to see the middle book and verse. Your motive of reminding people to read the Bible daily is great' Thank you.
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• United States
30 Jul 07
You're very welcome! I need the reminder myself, some days, so I figure others who love the LORD and want to hear from Him probably need a nudge, too. Thanks for participating in this discussion! :)
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