The Bible is unique among “Holy Books;” it is rooted in and intertwined with actual human history.
The Bible claims to be “the word of God.” It records the interaction of God with historical people and nations. It reveals the meaning of life and the responsibility of human beings to their Creator.
books—The Bible is actually a collection of books, some long, some short. This book of books is the world’s all-time best seller and the world’s most translated book.
|Two major sections|
The Bible’s two major sections are the Old Testament and the New Testament. (What’s so new about the New Testament?) (Answer also available in Hungarian, Spanish)
|The Old Testament has…||The New Testament has…|
|The nine sub-sections of the Bible|
The Bible’s books are arranged by TYPE, rather than chronologically.
Books of Moses and the Law
History of the early church
|Learn about each of the 66 books (description and background)…|
- The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers.
- Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are unchangeable.
- Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy.
- It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.
- It is the traveler's map, the pilgrim's staff, the pilot's compass, the soldier's sword, and the Christian's charter.
- Here Paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed.
- Christ is its grand subject, our good the design, and God's glory its end.
- It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet.
- Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully.
- It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure.
- It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgment, and will be remembered forever.
- It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents."
|Last word in the Bible:||Amen (Rev. 22:21)|
|Longest word (and name):||Mahershalalhashbaz (Isaiah 8:1)|
|Shortest verse:||John 11:35 (2 words: “Jesus wept”)|
|Longest verse:||Esther 8:9|
|Shortest book (number of words):||3 John|
|Longest book:||Psalms (150 chapters)|
|Middle books:||Micah and Nahum|
|Longest chapter:||Psalm 119 (176 verses)|
|Shortest chapter (number of words):||Psalm 117|
|Number of times the word “God” appears:||3,358 (It appears in every book except Esther andSong of Solomon.)|
|Number of times the word “Lord” appears:||7,736|
|Number of different authors:||Over 40|
|Number of languages the Bible has been translated into:||More than 1,200 (as of 2001)|
|Number of new Bibles distributed (sold or given away) in the U.S.:|
Number of existing Bible manuscripts: 5,300 Greek manuscripts of the New Testament, 10,000 Latin Vulgates, and 9,300 other early versions = more than 24,000manuscript copies of portions of the New Testament.
In contrast to the nearly 800,000 words in the Bible (and over 180,000 in the New), the number of Arabic Words in the Quran is 77,439 (reported by Al-Fadl bin Shadhan as said by ‘Ata bin Yasar). [77,473 in English] Other sources provided somewhat different numbers.
The Bible can be read aloud in 70 hours.
Number of verses in the Bible (KJV) contain all but 1 letter of the alphabet:
Ezra 7:21 contains all but the letter j; Joshua 7:24, 1 Kings 1:9, 1 Chronicles 12:40, 2 Chronicles 36:10, Ezekiel 28:13, Daniel 4:37, and Haggai 1:1 contain all but q; 2 Kings 16:15 and 1 Chronicles 4:10 contain all but z; and Galatians 1:14 contains all but k. (http://www.artbible.info/concordance)
Stephen Cardinal Langton (c. 1150 – 9 July 1228), an Archbishop of Canterbury, is credited with having divided the Bible into the standard modern arrangement of books and chapters used today.
Frenchman Robert Estienne (1503-1559), also referred to as Robert Stephens, a Catholic who became a Protestant late in his life, is credited with being the first to print the Bible divided into standard numbered verses
|About 168,000 per day (as of 2001)|
|Read the Bible|
We urge you to read the Bible for yourself. It’s an adventure. If you don’t have time to read the whole thing immediately, we suggest that you begin withGenesis (the book of beginnings) and then read the book of John.
We offer two plans to help you get through reading the entire Bible: a One-Year program (arranged by book type) or a Three-Year program (arranged simply from Genesis to Revelation).
Our annotated, cross-referenced, red-letter Web Bible…