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'Manuscripts' Encourages Readers To Approach The Bible Like A Novel

The Bible's famous verse and chapter structure is relatively recent — and surprisingly unpopular. And a new version out now aims to make it more approachable by structuring it like any other book.
The Manuscripts version of the Bible abandons chapter and verse structure, encouraging readers to approach it like a novel. Source: Jesse Tyler

The first Bible I ever purchased was a New International Version Student Life Bible; it was black with neon pink and green lettering. I picked it up from the bookstore of a church I was invited to in my late teens. This "expanded" version featured maps, reading plans, and questionnaires geared toward teenagers who wanted to learn how to effectively apply biblical principles to their daily lives. In other words, how to learn to be the

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