100 Bible Verses Most Frequently Quoted By Early Quakers

2 Timothy 3:5
Jeremiah 31:33
Acts 26:18
2 Corinthians 4:6
Romans 2:29
Romans 10:8
Colossians 1:27
Romans 1:19
Romans 1:16
2 Corinthians 3:6
Ephesians 6:12
Ephesians 4:13
1 Corinthians 15:47
Deuteronomy 30:14
2 Corinthians 13:5
2 Corinthians 4:4
1 Thessalonians 5:19
2 Timothy 1:10
Romans 8:2
Colossians 3:10
2 Corinthians 10:4
Joel 2:28
Galatians 1:16
1 Corinthians 15:45
1 Corinthians 12:7
2 Corinthians 5:19
2 Corinthians 5:17
Titus 2:11
Romans 14:17
Ephesians 6:17
Romans 8:14
Jeremiah 31:34
2 Thessalonians 2:3
2 Corinthians 6:16
Ephesians 2:6
Ephesians 6:16
Ephesians 4:30
1 Corinthians 12:13
Isaiah 42:6
Micah 3:11
Isaiah 9:6
2 Thessalonians 2:7
Romans 2:28
Isaiah 49:6
Ephesians 4:12
Isaiah 56:11
Galatians 5:2-23
Micah 6:8
Galatians 4:26
Galatians 4:29
Isaiah 55:3
1 Corinthians 6:19
Jeremiah 5:31
Romans 5:2
1 Corinthians 2:14
Ephesians 6:15
Colossians 1:18
Romans 1:21
Ephesians 2:8
Colossians 4:6
Acts 10:34
Romans 8:21
Isaiah 54:13
Colossians 1:13
Ephesians 2:2
1 Corinthians 2:10
Malachi 4:2
Ephesians 6:14
1 Corinthians 10:31
Romans 7:6
Romans 16:18
John 1:4
Romans 1:25
John 1:9
Ephesians 6:11
Ephesians 5:13
Acts 4:12
Acts 15:9
Romans 1:20
Ephesians 4:3
Colossians 2:23
Colossians 2:11
1 Corinthians 14:15
John 1:5
2 Corinthians 12:9
1 Corinthians 2:12
1 Corinthians 1:18
Romans 8:26
Romans 7:24
Romans 13:3
Galatians 6:14
Colossians 2:20
Colossians 1:28
Ephesians 6:13
Ephesians 5:27
Jeremiah 15:19
Jeremiah 9:3
Genesis 3:15

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Comment by David McKay on 10th mo. 24, 2017 at 6:31am

What strikes me about this list is that despite John being owned as the "Quaker Gospel" he gets cited only 3 times and all three are in the Prologue. I also don't see James, the book of the Bible that to me seems closest in spirit to the folkways of Quakers. The guy who shows up most on the list would seem to be Paul.

Comment by John J Edminster on 10th mo. 24, 2017 at 10:02pm

I'm currently involved in updating and trying to publicize the Quaker Bible Index, and therefore I'm deeply interested in this study, which I just discovered. Friend David, how did you determine the relative frequency of citations in the QBI? -- are these citations from early Friends before 1700, or does it include later Friends included in the QBI like Samuel Bownas and Job Scott? -- and do you have a theory about how a certain book or pericope (like from John or James) could be very important to early Friends, but not be actually cited that often in their writings?

Comment by David McKay on 10th mo. 25, 2017 at 6:31am

I have an ongoing interest in Quaker use of scripture. At some point I downloaded a pdf file with this list on it. I do not recall which website I got it from.

Which is annoying. But sorry. I don't know the provenance. But I am not the source.

Comment by David McKay on 10th mo. 25, 2017 at 6:33am

Now that I look at the actual QBI it is much more interesting than this simple listing. I may have to re-adjust my reading strategy.

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