Is there a Tanach available that is not divided into Prakim, rather into Pesuchos or Sedorim etc. ?

The nonJewish origin of the chapters is shown at Who Divided the Torah Into Weekly Readings, Chapters, and Verses?

The division of the Scriptures into chapters (perakim) was done by non-Jews in the thirteenth century. They did so to facilitate their bible study, to make it easier to recall the exact source for any given verse.

Bible – origin of chapters and verses

A Church Invention

Credit for dividing the Tanach into convenient chapter and verse generally goes to Cardinal Stephen Langton of France and England, who served as the Archbishop of Canterbury. He is thought to have created the chapters and verses in about 1205, which are used until this day. This was not too difficult a job since 617 out of his 779 chapters coincide with the parshiyos that existed since Sinai, while of the 162 chapters that he invented, many are illogical, while some border on the heretical.

  • Would you accept one that does both?
    – Double AA
    Commented Nov 10, 2014 at 22:57
  • It seems that these chapters have been accepted into common Jewish usage, and so far as I'm aware, as they serve a practical purpose, they are not chukka hagoyim. Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 0:52
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    @Charles I agree with that edit, but I would personally link to meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/q/1127/5323 to explain it. Just saying.
    – MTL
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 4:36
  • @NoachmiFrankfurt the issue isn't chukas akum, it is a sensitivty that i don't want christians sitting on the page of my tanach, especially when Chazal broke it up already.
    – user7340
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 17:53
  • @DoubleAA i would be interested in the rationale for either one.
    – user7340
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 22:44

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The Koren Tanach (a.ka.a the Jerusalem bible with its English translation) has both divisions; the original one on the outside margin of the page, and the popular one on the inside.

  • As a heads-up: the link doesn't seem to work anymore -- I simply get a blank page with a bunch of scroll-down menus (that link to other portions of the website).
    – Maroon
    Commented Aug 23, 2015 at 3:19
  • He asked for one without christian chapter divisions though. Of course loads of tanachs have the jewish divisions in them otherwise people would struggle to follow the leining in shul.. I'd guess pretty much any chumash used in a shul would have it. Hertz, Artscroll, Soncino
    – barlop
    Commented Oct 2, 2016 at 13:19

With the issue mainly being in the Chumash (The Five Books of Moses), the Lev Tahor community's publishing house, Hotzaas Daas, has recently published a Hebrew-only Chumash using a revised numbering system without any problematic divisions.

  • what do you mean that the issue is mainly in Chumash?
    – user7340
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 17:52
  • @judahsimon Because only there is there a potential change in meaning, and the danger of ending aliyos wrongly.
    – Adám
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 19:29
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    if you assume that there was a purpose to chazal breaking down tanach into pesuchos ans stumos, then it would apply accros the board not just to chumash.
    – user7340
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 19:33
  • @judahsimon AFAIK Chazal did not break down anything. The Neviim etc. wrote it that way. But that aside, yes, it would. Only the problem is most severe regarding the Chumash. I think their plan was to print the entire Tanach, but they had to start somewhere, and as I mentioned, it was only recently published.
    – Adám
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 22:30
  • it doesn't make a difference who broke it down, whoever it was it was either the Neviim or Chazal later on (see bava basra 14b as to who wrote each sefer), the point is someone broke it down and it is an issue across the board. i still don't understand why chumash is any different than Nach.
    – user7340
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 22:41

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