This is the second lesson in a series of lessons that will introduce you to the Bible. The Bible or “the Book”, which is the literal meaning of the word Bible, can be intimidating. It is a large book and is composed of 66 smaller books. Some of these books are historical documents and others are poetry, prophecy or letters. The letters were sometimes written to individuals and other times to groups of people; whether a church or an entire nation.
The Bible is divided into two major collections of books. The Old Testament is composed of 39 books and describes the beginning of human life and civilization and the history of the Jewish people up until the time of Jesus who is also called Christ. The New Testament is composed of 27 books, many of which were written as letters to churches, individuals and large regions of the world like Asia where many churches had been established.
Forty different authors wrote the Bible over a period of 1600 years starting around 1500 B.C. and ending around 70 A.D. Moses wrote the first 5 books of the Bible. Moses describes the creation of the world in the first book of the Bible called Genesis (meaning beginnings). He also described the growth of human civilization and the invention of musical instruments and methods of mining ore from the earth. He described the flood of Noah and the rebirth of civilization after the flood. The books Exodus (the exit or departure), Leviticus (the law), Numbers (the numbering of the nation of Israel), and Deuteronomy (the second giving of the law) were written to show the beginnings of the nation of Israel and the relationship they had with the creator of the Universe, God.
Some of the authors of the book were kings like David, the second king of the nation of Israel and Solomon, the third king of Israel and the son of David. Others were prophets like Samuel, Isaiah, and Jeremiah. Some were farmers and others were fishermen, tax collectors, teachers and a physician named Luke wrote one of the New Testament gospels concerning Jesus and a book called the Acts of the Apostles. Several of the authors were the half-brothers of Jesus and were named Jude and James. What is of great interest is that those who wrote the Bible were from every spectrum of life. Some were wealthy and others poor. Some were well educated and others had no formal schooling. Some were young when they wrote and others were very old. All were men.
While the Bible is a big book of 1189 chapters, the fact is it can be read out loud in around 70 hours.
:: INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE BIBLE:
Total Chapters in the Bible — 1189.
Chapters in the Old Testament — 929.
Chapters in the New Testament — 260.
Longest Chapter — Psalms 119.
Shortest Chapter — Psalms 117.
Centre Chapter — Psalms 118.
Chapters before Psalm 118 — 594 Chapters.
Chapters after Psalm 118 — 594 Chapters.
Add the Chapters up –1188 (594+594)+1(Centre Chapter)=1189.
Centre Verse — Psalms 118:8.
Psalm 118:8 — It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
Most Comforting Chapters — Psalms 23, John: 14.
Love Chapter — 1 Corinthians 13.
Faith Chapter — Hebrews 11.
New Testament Formation — Acts 2.
Alike Chapters — 2 Kings 19, and Isaiah 37.
Longest Verse — Esther 8:9.
Shortest Verse — John 11:35.
Most Precious Verse — John 3:16.
Saddest Verse — Mark 15:34.
Grandest Verse — Romans 8:11.
The Garden verse — Num. 11:5.
The Metal verse — Ezek. 22:19.
Word “God” occurs — 4,370 times.
Word “Jehovah” occurs — 6,855 times.
Word “Lord” occurs — 7,736 times.
English Bible published first– 1380 A.D.
Divisions of the Chapters made first — 1227 A.D.
Longest Word — Maher-shalal-hash-baz (Isaiah 8:1).
The Greatest Word — LOVE.
Words appear only once in the Bible — Reverend (Psalms 111:9), Eternity (Isaiah 57:15), and Grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5).
The Bible gives all glory to the God the Heavenly Father. Jesus Christ (Yeshua Massiah) is hidden in the Old Testament and revealed in the New Testament. He was equal with God, but humbled himself and became the Son of God for our salvation
The Bible is the Book of Salvation and Jesus Christ is the Only Savior under Heaven given among the human race by which one can gain eternal life.
Cardinal Hugo de S. Caro introduced the system of chapters for the Bible in A.D. 1227, while Robertus Stephanus added the verse notations in 1551, after the advent of printing. The first translation of the English Bible was initiated by John Wycliffe and completed by John Purvey in 1380.
A Bible in the University of Gottingen is written on 2,470 palm leaves.
The Bible devotes some 500 verses on prayer, less than 500 verses on faith, but over 2000 verses on money and possessions.
The Bible can be read aloud in 70 hours.
There are 8,674 different Hebrew words in the Bible (KJV), 5,624 different Greek words, and 12,143 different English words.
According to statistics from Wycliffe International, the Society of Gideons, and the International Bible Society, the number of new Bibles that are sold, given away, or otherwise distributed in USA is about 168,000 per day.
A 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.
Gabriel, Michael, and Lucifer are the three angels mentioned by name in the Bible.
The words baptize, baptized, baptizest, baptizeth, baptizing appears in the Bible 77 times. It is a word that was transliterated from the Greek to the English to avoid conflict. It means to immerse, dip, dunk, or plunge
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, named in the Bible’s Book of Revelation are Conquest, Slaughter, Famine, and Death.
No one knows the names of the two robbers crucified next to Jesus.
Voltaire, the French philosopher was an atheist. He did not like the Bible and was threatened by it. He said that he would see to the destruction of the Bible and its removal from the face of the earth. He failed. What happened after his death is that the Bible Society bought the house where was born and today that building is one of the biggest sales centers of the Bible.
The name “Easter” derives from the Anglo – Saxon goddess Eostre, who governed the vernal equinox. It is a word that should not be found in the Bible but it was used to replace the word Passover since Eostre was Christianized from the pagan worshipers.
Salt is mentioned more than 30 times in the Bible.
There are 49 different foods mentioned in the Bible.
Almonds and pistachios are the only nuts mentioned in the Bible.
Seven suicides are recorded in the Bible.
The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.
While fun facts are interesting, the Bible admits it is a guiding light to a world lost from God’s presence but not from His plan or His love. It is the greatest story ever told. It is not a fable or myth. It claims to be the truth in matters of the human spirit and the true nature of God. Man was made to have joy, and not made merely a slave to worship God. The Old Testament conceals the coming Savior. The New Testament reveals Him. Christ’s work gives mankind hope, faith and introduces divine love. These three will abide forever.