Saturday, August 26, 2006

Why are the kephalaia of John longer?

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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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