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The system of chapters was introduced in A.D. 1238 by Cardinal Hugo de S. Caro, while the verse notations were added in 1551 by Robertus Stephanus, after the advent of printing.
According to statistics from Wycliffe International, the Society of Gideons, and the International Bible Society, the number of new Bibles that are sold, given away, or otherwise distributed in the United States is about 168,000 per day.
The longest intercontinental telegram ever sent was the text of the New International Version of the Bible, sent from Geneva, where it was translated, to New York for printing.
The Bible can be read aloud in 70 hours.
Aliteracy—capable of reading, but choosing not do so—is on the rise. A ‘99 Gallup Poll found 7% of us read more than a book a week, and 59% read fewer than 10 books a year. We read books, magazines, and newspapers less and less. In ‘91, over 50% of all Americans read a half-hour or more every day—by ‘99 it had dropped to 45%. The number of people who don’t read at all has been rising for the past 20 years. Many prefer to get info in short bursts, with bullets, rather than in large blocks of text. Jim Peters, editor of BrandPackaging magazine explains "Marketers and packagers are giving them colors and shapes as ways of communicating." For effective marketing, researchers tell us that the hierarchy is colors, shapes, icons and, dead last, words. Some of this shift away from words and toward images can be attributed to our growing multilingual population. Often business people prefer easy-to-swallow book summaries. Parents pop in a video instead of reading aloud to their kids. Teachers assign a made-for-TV movie like Gettysburg instead of the book it was based on. To Jim Trelease, author of The Read-Aloud Handbook, “People who have stopped reading base their future decisions on what they used to know. If you don’t read much, you really don’t know much." So much of our culture is embedded in literature, there may be untold collateral damage in a society that can read but doesn’t. Reading aloud to children, according to reading specialists, is the single best way to ensure that someone will become a lifelong reader. (The Washington Post 5/13/01)
Bible Saturation 93% of American homes have Bibles. Of those 54% are KJV and 15% are NIV reports a recent Gallup Poll. (Gazette 5/7/01)
The New York Times reported a study about the diminishing belief in the devil among Americans. Two-thirds of Americans do not believe in the devil as a living entity. In a randomly selected survey of over 1,000 Americans, pollsters asked whether they agreed that Satan is “not a living being, but a symbol of evil.” Sixty-two percent agreed with the statement. That means nearly 149 million Americans believe that Satan has no influence but that Satan is just ...
Tyndale House and Gospelcom.net have formed an alliance that makes the New Living Translation available for reading and study on the Web at bible.gospelcom.net. (Foster Letter 8/25/01)
Pastors Preferred Bible Versions
(Ellison Research, Church Business 9/01)
Mixed Attitudes & Values: Americans feel emotionally comfortable with their choices but struggle with the consequences of their moral behavior. 74% say they are concerned about the moral condition of the nation. That point of view is only slightly more pronounced among Christians. When asked the basis of their moral choices, 44% cited their desire to do whatever will bring them the most pleasing or satisfying results. 17% base moral decisions on what they believe will make other people happy or minimize interpersonal conflict. 17% credit the values they were taught by their family as the dominant influence on their moral considerations. Only 24% of born again adults rely upon the Bible or church teachings as their primary source of moral guidance. (Barna Online 9/10/01)
“THEOLOGY IN THE PEW”
“A large share of people who attend Protestant or Catholic churches have adopted beliefs that conflict with the teachings of the Bible and their church, according to the latest release from the Barna Research Group (www.barna.org).
There are some fundamental Christian precepts that most Americans have held on to:
Three-quarters of all adults believe in the Trinity.
Seventy-nine percent accept that "every person has a soul that will live forever, either in God’s presence or absence."
Seventy-six percent reject the pre-Reformation perspective that "the Bible can only be correctly interpreted by people who have years of intense training in theology."
On other issues, the research found disturbing trends:
Six out of ten Americans (59%) reject the existence of Satan, calling him merely a symbol of evil, a view common among Catholics.
More than one-third (35%) believe that it is "possible to communicate with others after they die."
Forty-two percent believe that, when Jesus was on earth, he committed sins.
Half of all adults arg...
Bible Revision: Authorized A team of Vatican scholars has been authorized to review the Dead Sea Scrolls with the intention of revising the Bible. The Guardian says, “The influence of radical Jewish groups who wanted to overthrow Roman rule is likely to be featured in the new Bible, bolstering those who interpret Christ as a revolutionary who fought political oppression.” An official announcement is expected later this month. (Publishers Lunch 9/11/01)
Spiritual Hunger: Christian retailers and publishers have reported Bible sales skyrocketed 20%-30% in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Some industry leaders say this is a time for aggressive ministry outreach, and not the time to shave marketing and advertising dollars because of a softening economy. (CBA Online 10/8/01)