Interesting Bible Facts

Bible Facts

Overall Bible Facts

The Bible was written in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.

The Bible was written on three continents: Asia, Africa, and Europe.

The Bible was written by more than 40 authors.

The Bible is approximately 611,000 words in the original languages.1

The Bible contains 66 different books – 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament.

Book, Chapter and Verse Facts

The longest book in the Bible is Psalms which contains 150 chapters with 43,743 words.

The shortest book in the Bible is 3 John which contains 1 chapter with 299 words.

The longest chapter is Psalm 119 with 176 verses.

The shortest chapter is Psalm 117 with 2 verses.

The longest verse is Esther 8:9 with 90 words.2

“The most popular book of the Bible for personal reading was Psalms, in particular Psalm 23: ‘The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.’”4

Random Facts

  • “The Bible is the best-selling book of all time with estimations of over 2.5 billion copies of the Bible being sold since the printing press was invented by Johannes Gutenberg in 1440.”3
  • The Bible is the most shoplifted book ever. The explanation is that the Bibles are too expensive.
  • “The Dead Sea Scrolls (written around 100 BC) verify the textual authenticity of our current Bible. Among them is contained the book of Isaiah and except for a few articles like ‘a’ ‘that’ the’, etc., they are word-perfect.” ~Charlie Glendinning

Top Three Reasons Given for Reading the Bible:

  1. Personal prayer and devotion.
  2. To learn more about religion.
  3. To seek guidance in personal decisions and relationships with spouses, parents, children, and friends.4

Benefits from Reading God’s Word

  1. Your eyes will be opened Psalm 119:18
  2. Your understanding will be increased Luke 14:45
  3. Your heart will be stirred. Psalm 119:36
  4. Your mind will be enlightened. Psalm 119:735

The Three Most Popular Books of the Bible on Bible Gateway

  1. Psalms is a collection of 150 songs and poems.

    Favorite Psalms:

    Psalm 23 “The Lord is My Shepherd”

    Psalm 91 which has the promises of God’s protection

    Psalm 139 which has the assurance of God’s presence

  2. Matthew is one of the Gospels which introduces Jesus Christ, the King of the Jews.Favorite verses from Matthew:Matthew 2 which has the story of the wise men

    Matthew 5-7 which has the Sermon on the Mount

    Matthew 28 which has the Great Commission

  3. John is one of the Gospels which proclaims Jesus’ deity and oneness with God the Father, and anticipates the coming Holy Spirit.Favorite verses in John:John 3:16 “For God so love the world…”

    John 14:6 “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”6

The Top Four Most Popular Verses in the Bible

  1. John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” WEB
  2. Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first God’s Kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well.” WEB
  3. Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” NASB
  4. Romans 8:28 – “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” NASB

Recommendation:

The Most Important Book – The Bible The Most Important Book – The Bible – Strength with Dignity

References:

1 Kranz, Jeffrey. Interesting Facts about the Bible. Published January 15, 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2022, from 14 Interesting Facts about the Bible (overviewbible.com)

2 Patel, Neressha. 10 Mind-Blowing Facts about the Bible. Published April 23, 2018. Retrieved February 11, 2022, from 10 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Bible – The Southern Cross (scross.co.za)

3 Greene, Patti. The Bible: The Best-Selling Book of All Time. Published in 2018. Retrieved February 11, 2022, from The Bible: The Best-Selling Book of All Time – Greene Pastures

4 Briggs, David. “Who Reads the Bible – and Why.” Ahead of the Trend. Published March 7, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2022, from Who Reads the Bible — and Why | HuffPost Communities

5 Rogers, Adrian. “How to Make the Bible Come Alive.” Love Worth Finding. One Place. Retrieved February 11, 2022, from How to Make Your Bible Come Alive – Love Worth Finding with Adrian Rogers (oneplace.com)

6 Kranz, Jeffrey. The 10 Most Popular Books of the Bible (and Why). Published April 1, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2022, from The 10 most popular books of the Bible (and why) | overviewbible.com

7 The Top 10 Most Popular Verses in the Bible. Written by Courtney from Women Living Well. Published January 5, 2016. Retrieved February 11, 2022, from The Top 10 Most Popular Verses in the Bible {Free Printable Included} – Women Living Well

New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB 1995), copyright 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

World English Bible (WEB) by Public Domain. The name “World English Bible” is trademarked.

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