Resources about Tanakh Verse Order

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Dec 3 2018 6:15 AM

This year I've been reading the Tanakh alongside the Christian Standard Version (CEV). I know that the order of books differs in the Tanakh and, in many instances, the versification also differs. I'm interested in finding out more about the history of its versification. I've poked around searching my Logos resources and the internet and read a number of general articles about it but really have not found any good resources that explain the technical reasons for the different versification. Any recommendations?

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Kevin A Lewis | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 3 2018 6:56 AM

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Three Thousand Years of Hebrew Versification: Essays in Comparative Prosody

Front Cover Benjamin Harshav Yale University Press, 25 Nov 2014 - Literary Criticism - Answer your needs - looks like it might. Regards Kevin
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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 3 2018 9:11 AM

Thanks Kevin. It does look interesting. Ideally I'd love something similar in Logos.

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Phil Quigley | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 3 2018 9:17 AM

I don't know for sure, but I believe the issue is that the Tanakh follows the versification found in the Hebrew Bible and the traditional English translations tend to follow the Septuagint versification. You should be able to fairly easily confirm by checking the Tanakh against a Hebrew Bible, like BHS or LHB.

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 3 2018 9:18 AM

Phil Quigley:

I don't know for sure, but I believe the issue is that the Tanakh follows the versification found in the Hebrew Bible and the traditional English translations tend to follow the Septuagint versification. You should be able to fairly easily confirm by checking the Tanakh against a Hebrew Bible, like BHS or LHB.

Thanks Phil. I understand the general reasons why. I was just looking for some more historical/technical details.

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