And then there were eight. All of the top seeds are still in the running, but another 2-seed went down. Matthew this time. And two 7-seeds have made surprisingly deep runs in the tournament: Philippians and Revelation.
So heading into the Quarterfinals, there are eight books left: 3 Old Testament books (Genesis, Psalms, and Isaiah) against 5 from the New Testament (Romans, Philippians, Acts, John, Revelation). Cast your votes to see who makes it to the next round. (Update: Voting closed.)
The Round of 16 featured some pretty close matchups. Some of the 1-seeds experienced their first real challenges. After dominating the first two rounds, Genesis barely got past (4) Hebrews with 60.6% of the vote, and Isaiah won by an even narrower margin (58.7%) against (3) Luke.
The most interesting matchup of the round came when (3) Acts defeated (2) Matthew with 51.4% of the vote, even though Matthew led by a slight margin after the first day of voting.
One other vote was closer that in probably should have been. In the contest against (5) Galatians, I accidentally listed the 1-seed John as “1 John,” leading most to think that this indicated the first letter of John, not the Gospel of John. Once corrected, John staged an impressive comeback, winning with 62.4%. That probably would have been at least 10 points higher without that mistake.
The Big Winners
Two of the 1-seeds cruised to relatively easy wins and still haven’t faced any real challenge. Romans eliminated (5) Ephesians with 78%, and Psalms did the same to (5) Job with 79.8%.
And 7-seed Revelation won convincingly against (3) Ecclesiastes with 71.6%. After Ecclesiastes’ dramatic win over Joshua in the previous round, I have to admit that I was pulling for Ecclesiastes here as well. But it was not to be.
So we’re on to the Quarterfinals with just 8 remaining books. Here’s the updated tournament bracket. Cast your votes now to see who survives to be one of the final four. (Update: Voting closed.)