Chapter and verse…. adding to the Bible?

We are so accustomed to the handy chapter and verse divisions that I don’t think we usually remember that they are fairly new to the Bible.  The individual books had been grouped together in various ways throughout the years, but it wasn’t until the 13th century that the chapter system was developed and added by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langton.  The even more specific referencing of verses came in the 16th century by Robert Estienne (also known as Robert Stephanus). It is great to be able to pinpoint exactly where in 66 books a specific passage is located, but could it be considered “adding” to the word of God?  I have wondered this a time or two, especially since people love to cherry-pick, but that’s for another post. Continue reading