Why does the New Testament have so many semicolons?
The Old Testament doesn't contain as many semicolons as the the New Testament does. I believe (don't know for certain) the New Testament was written under the influence of Plato and Aristotle, hence the reason for so many poetic/aphoristic passages oftentimes creating "split thoughts" (reason for excessive use of semicolons) ...never looked into this before...don't know...what's your take?
I personally think it was by choice of who was writing the scripture.
Have you ever tried to translate from another language? Google translate does that word for word. It does not work. The translation is not proper English. One needs to change the words around, change the words entirely, or put punctuations where they need to be. Sometimes, the order of the sentences need to be changed for proper flow in English. This is not always possible since the Bible is numbered, verse by verse. Perhaps this is why the semicolons.
The people who wrote it wanted to appear educated.
“Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country
the original texts do not have them they are added by the interpreters, supposedly to make it easier to read. But also to emphasize their understandings.
all the chapter and verse numbers were added also they are not in the original scriptures.
and then those little headings throughout most bibles are worst
of all as they are used to influence you in the way that interpreter believes.
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