Saturday, August 26, 2006

Why are the kephalaia of John longer?

The kephalaia (an ancient system of chapter division) are marked on the inside margin of NA27 as italic numbers.

The Gospels have the following number of kephalaia:

Matthew: 68
Mark: 48
Luke: 83
John: 18

Why are there fewer kephalaia in John? Is there any evidence that they derive from a different source from those on the synoptics? Could early popularity of John have meant that it gained a system of chapters earlier?

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