This page uses a bit of PHP string manipulation code to find words embedded in a passage. The genesis (no pun intended) of this effort was a word puzzle my mother sent to me.
If you want to try this puzzle, go for it. Yes, all 30 are really there. The solution is at the bottom of this page, so if you don't want to see it yet, DON'T SCROLL DOWN YET! :-)
NOTE: If you got this puzzle from Grandma Susie, there were really only 29 names in her version. Somewhere "upstream" of Gransdma Susie, the passage highlighted in red below had been deleted. When that passage is included, then the total is 30.
There is a 41-word version HERE as well.
BIBLE BOOK NAMES:
There are 66 books in the Holy Bible (39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament). The following is a puzzle. Find the names of 30 of the books in this message.
THIS IS A MOST REMARKABLE PUZZLE. IT WAS FOUND BY A GENTLEMAN IN AN AIRPLANE SEAT POCKET ON A FLIGHT FROM LOS ANGELES TO HONOLULU, KEEPING HIM OCCUPIED FOR HOURS. HE ENJOYED IT SO MUCH HE PASSED IT ON TO SOME FRIENDS. ONE FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS WORKED ON THIS WHILE FISHING FROM HIS JOHN BOAT. ANOTHER FRIEND STUDIED IT WHILE PLAYING HIS BANJO. ELAINE TAYLOR, A COLUMNIST FRIEND WAS SO INTRIGUED BY IT SHE MENTIONED IT IN HER WEEKLY NEWSPAPER COLUMN. ANOTHER FRIEND JUDGES 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 REALLY EASY TO SPOT. THAT'S A FACT. SOME PEOPLE, HOWEVER WILL SOON FIND THEMSELVES IN A JAM ESPECIALLY SINCE THE BOOK NAMES ARE NOT NECESSARILY CAPITALIZED, TRUTHFULLY, FROM ANSWERS WE GET, WE ARE FORCED TO ADMIT IT USUALLY TAKES A MINISTER OR SCHOLAR TO SEE SOME OF THEM AT THE WORST. RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT SOMETHING IN OUR GENES IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DIFFICULTY WE HAVE IN SEEING THE BOOKS IN THIS PARAGRAPH. DURING A RECENT FUND RAISING EVENT WHICH FEATURED THIS PUZZLE, THE ALPHA DELTA PHI LEMONADE BOOTH SET A NEW SALES RECORD. THE LOCAL PAPER, THE CHRONICLE, SURVEYED OVER 200 PATRONS WHO REPORTED THAT THIS PUZZLE WAS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT THEY HAD EVER SEEN. AS DANIEL HUMANA HUMBLY PUTS IT, THE BOOKS ARE ALL RIGHT THERE IN PLAIN VIEW, HIDDEN FROM SIGHT. THOSE ABLE TO FIND ALL OF THEM WILL HEAR LAMENTATIONS FROM THOSE WHO HAVE TO BE SHOWN. ONE REVELATION MAY HELP IS THAT BOOKS LIKE TIMOTHY AND SAMUEL OCCUR WITHOUT THEIR NUMBERS. ALSO KEEP IN MIND THAT PUNCTUATION AND SPACERS IN THE MIDDLE ARE NORMAL. A CHIPPER ATTITUDE WILL HELP YOU COMPETE REALLY WELL AGAINST THOSE WHO CLAIM TO KNOW THE ANSWERS. REMEMBER, THERE IS NO NEED FOR A MAD EXODUS, THERE ARE 30 BOOKS OF THE BIBLE LURKING SOMEWHERE IN THE PARAGRAPH, WAITING TO BE FOUND.
For reference, the total length of this passage is 1480 characters.
*** #1 ***
GENESIS starts at position 735 (TSOMETHINGINOUR*GENESIS*RESPONSIBLEFORT)
*** #2 ***
EXODUS starts at position 1403 (ISNONEEDFORAMAD*EXODUS*THEREARE30BOOKS)
LEVITICUS is not in this passage.
*** #3 ***
NUMBERS starts at position 1229 (CURWITHOUTTHEIR*NUMBERS*ALSOKEEPINMINDT)
DEUTERONOMY is not in this passage.
JOSHUA is not in this passage.
*** #4 ***
JUDGES starts at position 373 (MNANOTHERFRIEND*JUDGES*THEJOBOFSOLVING)
*** #5 ***
RUTH starts at position 601 (ILYCAPITALIZEDT*RUTH*FULLYFROMANSWER)
*** #6 ***
SAMUEL starts at position 1206 (SLIKETIMOTHYAND*SAMUEL*OCCURWITHOUTTHE)
*** #7 ***
KINGS starts at position 1437 (KSOFTHEBIBLELUR*KINGS*OMEWHEREINTHEPA)
*** #8 ***
CHRONICLES starts at position 921 (HELOCALPAPERTHE*CHRONICLES*URVEYEDOVER200P)
EZRA is not in this passage.
NEHEMIAH is not in this passage.
*** #9 ***
ESTHER starts at position 445 (EATOHELPHERNERV*ESTHER*EWILLBESOMENAME)
*** #10 ***
JOB starts at position 382 (FRIENDJUDGESTHE*JOB*OFSOLVINGTHISPU)
PSALMS is not in this passage.
PROVERBS is not in this passage.
ECCLESIASTES is not in this passage.
SOLOMON is not in this passage.
ISAIAH is not in this passage.
JEREMIAH is not in this passage.
*** #11 ***
LAMENTATIONS starts at position 1124 (LOFTHEMWILLHEAR*LAMENTATIONS*FROMTHOSEWHOHAV)
EZEKIEL is not in this passage.
*** #12 ***
DANIEL starts at position 1018 (EYHADEVERSEENAS*DANIEL*HUMANAHUMBLYPUT)
*** #13 ***
HOSEA starts at position 1093 (IDDENFROMSIGHTT*HOSEA*BLETOFINDALLOFT)
*** #14 ***
JOEL starts at position 272 (LEPLAYINGHISBAN*JOEL*AINETAYLORACOLU)
*** #15 ***
AMOS starts at position 6 (THISIS*AMOS*TREMARKABLEPUZZ)
OBADIAH is not in this passage.
JONAH is not in this passage.
MICAH is not in this passage.
*** #16 ***
NAHUM starts at position 1028 (EENASDANIELHUMA*NAHUM*BLYPUTSITTHEBOO)
HABAKKUK is not in this passage.
ZEPHANIAH is not in this passage.
HAGGAI is not in this passage.
ZECHARIAH is not in this passage.
*** #17 ***
MALACHI starts at position 1292 (THEMIDDLEARENOR*MALACHI*PPERATTITUDEWIL)
*** #18 ***
MATTHEW starts at position 690 (RTOSEESOMEOFTHE*MATTHEW*ORSTRESEARCHHAS)
*** #19 ***
MARK starts at position 13 (THISISAMOSTRE*MARK*ABLEPUZZLEITWAS)
*** #20 ***
LUKE starts at position 102 (ANGELESTOHONOLU*LUKE*EPINGHIMOCCUPIE)
*** #21 ***
JOHN starts at position 224 (EFISHINGFROMHIS*JOHN*BOATANOTHERFRIE)
*** #22 ***
ACTS starts at position 497 (SYTOSPOTTHATSAF*ACTS*OMEPEOPLEHOWEVE)
*** #23 ***
ROMANS starts at position 611 (IZEDTRUTHFULLYF*ROMANS*WERSWEGETWEAREF)
CORINTHIANS is not in this passage.
GALATIANS is not in this passage.
EPHESIANS is not in this passage.
PHILIPPIANS is not in this passage.
COLOSSIANS is not in this passage.
THESSALONIANS is not in this passage.
*** #24 ***
TIMOTHY starts at position 1196 (ISTHATBOOKSLIKE*TIMOTHY*ANDSAMUELOCCURW)
*** #25 ***
TITUS starts at position 643 (AREFORCEDTOADMI*TITUS*UALLYTAKESAMINI)
*** #26 ***
PHILEMON starts at position 871 (LETHEALPHADELTA*PHILEMON*ADEBOOTHSETANEW)
*** #27 ***
HEBREWS starts at position 416 (ZLESOINVOLVINGS*HEBREWS*ACUPOFTEATOHELP)
*** #28 ***
JAMES starts at position 542 (NDTHEMSELVESINA*JAMES*PECIALLYSINCETH)
*** #29 ***
PETER starts at position 1325 (EWILLHELPYOUCOM*PETER*EALLYWELLAGAINS)
JUDE is not in this passage.
*** #30 ***
REVELATION starts at position 1164 (AVETOBESHOWNONE*REVELATION*MAYHELPISTHATBO)
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