If you see a reference to (2 Mc 7:1, 20-31) tomorrow's Old Testament reading how are you supposed to pronounce that? And what if it spans two different chapters?

In Catechism class, sometimes I need to ask kids to look stuff up referenced like that and I don't know how to succinctly say it to them. Other times they need to say the reference while reading something in the textbook and they always skip it because they don't know how to say it.

What I want is a pronunciation guide to go with the style guide for referencing bible passages that the publishers of the Faith life Series would expect me to teach the kids, so we can read their books.

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    I would say, "Second document of the Maccabees, Chapter one, Verses one and twenty-one to thirty-one." – Double U Nov 20 '13 at 4:29
  • I would just write it on the board, if you have one. This seems like a primarily opinion based question. Is there something I am missing? – 3961 Nov 20 '13 at 6:09
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    I'd go shorter than @Anonymous: Two Maccabees seven one and twenty to thirty-one. I might insert "Verses" if two adjacent numbers leads to ambiguity. And spanning two chapters: Isaiah 56 5 to 57 4. But this question demands answers which are purely opinion: as long as the reference is clear, there are many ways of reading it. Sorry. – Andrew Leach Nov 20 '13 at 6:36
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    @AffableGeek I don't know if you teach kids from a text very often, but lots of times they read something and they almost always skip over whatever is in parentheses because they don't know how to say it. I would like a little guide I can show them for "how to pronounce standard bible references". – Peter Turner Nov 20 '13 at 14:54
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    A Lutheran minister once told me his system for pronouncing the complicated-looking names in the Bible: Pronounce them in some plausible way, and act as if you know what you're doing. Chances are, no one will argue with you about it – Andreas Blass Nov 21 '13 at 3:24

Second Maccabees seven one and twenty through thirty-one.

Or to be more explicit:

Second Maccabees chapter seven, verses one and twenty through thirty-one.

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