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An online devotional for writers
Study this Book of Instruction continually. (Joshua 1:8, NLT)
A subhead allows readers to scan, making subheads obligatory in today’s skimmable content.
The Bible, too, offers subheads in many of today’s translations. However, these subheads are not part of the original text (with the exception of the Psalms.)
They have been added by a translation committee or publisher as a way to present scripture in easier-to-digest pieces.
You’ll notice that subheads vary widely between Bible versions. Take a look at these four subheads from four different translations at the beginning of the book of Joshua:
Each of those subheads offer an excellent summary of the content that follows in Joshua 1. Plus, they’re useful in breaking up scripture into consumable sections. Yet it’s a mistake to use biblical subheads as a “quick reading” tool.
These days, it not only acceptable to write subheads so our content skimmable, but it’s an accepted best practice.
Yet the Bible was not written to be scanned, but to be studied.
Use subheads to make your content skimmable.
Your Word is unique. While I may be tempted to skim other content, Your Word allows me to dig in so I can know You. Forgive me for the times I race over scripture. Let me study Your Book deeply and thoroughly.
In Jesus’s name, Amen
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