The favorite Bible verse, as chosen by a four-round, three-way elimination format is Matthew 11:28:
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.
How scientific is this result? Not very. 1 Corinthians 13:13 actually polled one more vote in one fewer contest.
Saint Paul was the attributed author of more verses than anyone else in this contest, eighteen. But only three of those passages made it out of the first round. If this were the NCAA’s, Saint Paul’s letters would not be considered a “power conference.” Final result: 5 wins, 18 losses.
The Gospel of John had the most quotes, nine. Eight wins, but no final three appearance gives the last evangelist a .471 percentage, which is above average considering that in any given round only .333 of the quotes will move forward.
The Psalms did almost as well as John, with five wins, for a percentage of .455.
The best performing books of the Bible were Matthew’s Gospel, lifted by 11:28 to a .500 mark. Luke was the most appealing, though. Two finalists raised the bar to .533.
Enough of polling for another year. Favorite music, favorite Bible verses. What else is there? Other people do saints and papabile and such. Favorite papal encyclical? Battle of the cathedrals?