The first round of voting is over, so we’re on to the Round of 32 in The Big Bible Bash. And, as expected, the first round favored the top seeds. Indeed, somewhat surprisingly, the higher seeds won every single contest. Even the close races between the 8 and 9 seeds ended up in a victory for the 8 seeds.
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Although it’s time to put the first round behind us, we can take a few moments to reflect on the most interesting developments from the first round. Here’s the updated tournament bracket. But, if you’re just interested in the highlights, here you go!
1. The Biggest Winners in the Round of 64
The top seeds flew through the first round, winning their contests with an average of 97% of the vote. But the biggest winners were (1) Isaiah (97.7% against 2 Chronicles) and (1) John (98.5% against Lamentations).
Two other contests that were particular lopsided. (3) Luke and (4) 1 Corinthians both trounced their opponents (14) 2 Kings and (13) Jude with 95% of the vote. It will be interesting to see if they fare as well against tougher second-round opponents (6) 1 John and (5) Galatians.
2. The Closest Contests in the Round of 64
As expected, the contests involving an 8-seed vs. a 9-seed were rather close, with only Judges winning its contest easily (84.5% against Numbers). But all of the 8 seeds made it through to the second round.
A few other races were closer than expected. (5) Esther eliminated (12) 2 Thessalonians, but only held onto 52.3% of the vote. (4) Ruth ran into similar problems early, before cruising to a 65% win over 1 Kings. And (6) Colossians struggled a bit against (11) 1 Samuel before also winning with 65%.
3. The Tournament Predictions
Now that the first round is done, I’ve closed voting on the random contest predictions. And, since I don’t want to influence voting on future rounds, I’m going to wait until the tournament is over before letting you know how the predictions went.
The Round of 32
Now we’re down to 32 books of the Bible: 16 from the Old Testament and 16 from the New Testament. We couldn’t have asked for a better second round than that!
Here’s the link to vote in the Round of 32. (Update: Voting is now closed.) Cast your vote now to help your favorite books of the Bible make it to the next round and enter to win some of our free books!