July 9, 1228 – Archbishop Stephen Langton died

When I teach the History of the Bible one of my slides is of Archbishop of Canterbury Stephen Langton who died on July 9, 1228. The Archbishop (this is a statue of him at Westminster Abbey) makes the cut on Bible history because he’s the one we thank – or blame – for inserting chapters into Scripture. So, if we wonder who messed up the end of Isaiah 52 it’s this guy. He also helped take huge steps in controlling the power of the king by signing the Magna Carta at Runnymeade.

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