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"Jesus replied, You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures.'" — Matthew 22:29
The list below does not necessarily contain the "15 Best Loved" of all 929 chapters into which the various documents in the Bible have been divided.
These 15 chapters may not be the "15 Most Well Known" chapters. One hesitates to even call them the "15 Most Significant" chapters.
However, these 15 chapters do contain key scriptural events and themes which are the heart of the message of the Bible. At Southern Nazarene University, we think even a beginning student of the Bible should be somewhat familiar with all 15 chapters.
"But hear what? The Bible is hundreds upon hundreds of voices all calling at once out of the past and clamoring for our attention like barkers at a fair, like air-raid sirens, like a whole barnyard of cockcrows as the first long shafts of dawn fan out across the sky.
"Some of the voices are shouting, like Moses' voice, so all Israel, all the world, can hear. Some are so soft and halting that you can hardly hear them at all, like Job with ashes on his head and his heart broken or like old Simeon whispering, "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace."1
"The prophets shrill out in their frustration, their rage, their holy hope and madness. The priests drone on and on about the dimensions and furniture of the Temple. The lawgivers spell out what to eat and what not to eat; and the historians list the kings, the battles, the tragic lessons of Israel's history.
"And somewhere in the midst of them all one particular voice speaks out. It is unlike any other voice because it speaks so directly to the deepest privacy and longing and weariness of each of us that there are times when the centuries are blown away like mist. It is as if we stand with no shelter of time at all between ourselves and the one who speaks our secret name.
"Come," the voice says. "Unto me. All ye. Every last one." — Frederick Buechner
from A Room Called Remember by Frederick Buechner. Quoted by Bob Benson in Disciplining for the Inner Life
"They asked each other, Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?'" Luke 224:32
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