(The title here is referring to a song my kids listen to.)
So now that I have exerted my considerable influence as Pope of Geneva to cause all Reformed peoples everywhere to stop saying “Sanctuary” and instead use the new term “Audiosacramentorium” (“Audiosac” for short), I now turn my attention to putting the books of the bible in proper order.
So my biggest beef is the order of the Gospels. I propose that John be moved first. This will have a number of beneficial results:
1. Both testaments will begin with the phrase “In the beginning.” This, along with the fact that the end of revelation describes “In the end,” will provide an elegant high-level structure for the whole bible.
2. Both testaments will begin with a prologue of exalted prose, which will help some people to not take Gen 1 so literally, and see how it uses literary recapitulation, not straight chronology.
3. This switch will put Luke and Acts together, so that that two-volume history will flow seamlessly.
(4. While we’re at it, who decided to put Matthew before Mark? Mark is the shortest and most straightforward gospel, everybody knows it was written first, and Matthew and Luke probably had access to it when writing their gospels; so it only makes sense to put Mark first.)
So from here on out, the order of the New Testament books begins John, Mark, Matthew, Luke, Acts, …
Another bit of bible-book-order trivia: by ancient tradition, the Pauline Epistles are ordered by decreasing size, from the mighty Romans down to the diminutive Titus and Philemon. This constitutes patristic evidence that Paul did not write Hebrews (Belgic Article 4 notwithstanding).