The end is here. We started this journey with sixty-four hopefuls, before narrowing it down to just two: John and Romans. So, in the last round, we voted to see which of these two books would be the last one standing in our Big Bible Bash.
I rather enjoyed watching this tournament unfold, even though many of my personal favorites dropped along the way. Ecclesiastes made a valiant run, even needing a tie-breaker along the way, before falling to Revelation. And 1 Peter never even made it out of the first round. Nonetheless, there were some close races that kept things interesting, and a few books that went further than I expected. (I should have guessed, though, that Revelation would have enough supporters to keep it in the running for a while.)
But we’ve now reached the end. And it’s time to announce the winners.
The Big Bible Bash Champion
For almost half of the first day, the vote was evenly split between Romans and John. But, after that initial push, John pulled ahead slowly and steadily. By the end of the first day, John led with almost 2/3 of the vote. Romans recovered slightly over the weekend, but in the end, it wasn’t even close.
Winner: John (61.7%)
And John dominated throughout the tournament, defeating (16) Lamentations, (8) Leviticus, (5) Galatians, (7) Revelation, and (1) Psalms along the way. If you dismiss the “close” vote against Galatians that resulted from a mistake on my part, Psalms and Romans came the closest to defeating John, but neither could get more than 40% of the vote.
We opened the tournament by giving you the opportunity to predict how the tournament would unfold. And, for every prediction you got right, you received one additional chance at winning in the book giveaway. This is how the predictions went.
1. Which book is most likely to win the whole thing?
- Romans 48.94%
- John 32.98%
- Psalm 7.45%
- Genesis 3.19%
Most of you guessed correctly that the tournament would come down to John vs. Romans. Interestingly, though, most went with Romans, even though John won decisively in the actual head-to-head voting.
2. Which Old Testament Book will go furthest?
- Psalms (54.26%)
- Genesis (20.21%)
- Isaiah (20.21%)
Since Psalms and Genesis both made it to the final four, everyone who voted for either received an additional entry in the giveaway.
3. Which New Testament book will go furthest?
- Romans (46.81%)
- John (40.43%)
No surprise that Romans and John were the only books to get a significant number of votes here. And again, Romans received more votes at the beginning, despite losing in the end.
4. Which book seeded 9 or lower will go the furthest?
- 1 Peter (18.89%)
- Song of Solomon (8.89%)
- 2 Corinthians (6.67%)
- 2 Timothy (6.67%)
- Ezekiel (6.67%)
Somewhat surprisingly, no book seeded 9 or lower won a single contest. So everyone who gave any answer to this question received an additional entry in the contest. (If you’re curious, 2 Thessalonians came the closest to advancing when it received 46.7% of the vote against Esther.)
5. Which book with a 1 or 2 seed will lose first?
- Proverbs (32.58%)
- Mark (31.46%)
- Genesis (10.11%)
- Matthew (10.11%)
Proverbs and Mark both lost in the second round, so those were both correct responses. It was interesting to see Genesis get so many votes, even though it actually advanced all the way to the final four.
6. Which of the Gospels will go furthest?
- John (75.27%)
- Matthew (11.83%)
- Mark (7.53%)
- Luke (5.38%)
No surprises here, with John as the runaway favorite.
I was going to announce the names of the book winners in this post, but since I only asked for email addresses during the voting process, I can’t do that. (I’ll assume that people would prefer that I not hand out their email addresses!) So all I can say is that I have now selected the winners for the commentaries and the other books. If you’ve won, you will receive an email from me by the end of the day. If you don’t get an email, you can safely (though sadly) assume that you were not among the winners.
If you win and receive an email, you have one week to respond with your contact information. If I haven’t heard from you by then, I’ll select someone else to receive your prize.
Thanks to everyone for a great tournament!