The Bible was divided into chapters only in the 13th century, by Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1207-1228. The world remembers Langton for drafting the Magna Carta. Jews remember him for being the first to force the Jews of England to wear a distinctive white badge. Langton was typical of Christian antisemites of the Middle Ages, who believed that the Church had replaced the Jews as God’s chosen people. According to Rabbi Bezalel Ariel, who since 2011 has been calling to restore the Jewish division of the Bible to its more ancient “chapters” (called seder, sedarim), the Christian division…
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