Can You Find the Books?

OK, biblical scholars, folks who need to tear their hair out, and those folds who have absolutely nothing else to do here is a puzzle for you.

There are thirty books of the Bible inthe paragraph below -- not all 66 books, only 30. See if you can locate them. Here are some hints:

  • 13 of these are from the New Testament
  • 17 are from the Old Testament
  • The letters are all in order (none are written backwards)
  • Some of the books may have one or more spaces between letters (like he brews coffee at home all the time)

There are thirty books of the Bible in this paragraph. Can you findthem? This is a most remarkable puzzle. It was found by a gentlemanin an airplane seat pocket, on a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulukeeping him occupied for hours. He enjoyed it so much he passed iton to some friends. One friend from Illinois worked on this whilefishing from his johnboat. Another friend studied it while playinghis banjo. Elaine Taylor, a columnist friend, was so intrigued by itshe mentioned it in her weekly newspaper column. Another friendjudges the job of solving this puzzle so involving, she brews a cup of tea to help her nerves. There will be some names that are reallyeasy to spot. That's a fact. Some people, however, will soon findthemselves in a jam, especially since the book names are not necessarily capitalized. Truthfully, from answers we get, we areforced to admit it usually takes a minister or scholar to see some ofthem at the worst. Research has shown that something in our genes isresponsible for the difficulty we have in seeing the books in thisparagraph. During a recent fund raising event, which featured thispuzzle, the Alpha Delta Phi lemonade booth set a new sales record. The local paper, the Chronicle, surveyed over 200 patrons whoreported that this puzzle was one of the most difficult they had everseen. As Daniel Humana humbly puts it, the books are all right herein plain view hidden from sight. Those able to find all of themwill hear great lamentations from those who have to be shown. One revelation that may help is that books like Timothy and Samuel mayoccur without their numbers. Also, keep in mind, that punctuationand spaces in the middle of the names are normal. A chipper attitudewill help you compete really well against those who claim to know theanswers. Remember, there is no need for a mad exodus. There reallyare 30 books of the Bible lurking somewhere in this paragraph waitingto be found!