“The Bible was not given for our information but for our transformation.”
Amazing Bible Facts
by Mark Karapetyan
Many of us have read the Bible cover to cover without paying attention to some amazing details and facts within the Bible. Here is a list of 32 of them.
1. The three wise men: The Bible does not mention anywhere that three wise men came to visit baby Jesus. We probably assume there were three wise men because there were three gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh; one brought gold, a second brought frankincense, and a third brought myrrh. The three magi were never actually at the traditional manger scene, they visited Jesus when he was a little older (a child).
“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.” (Matthew 2:1)
2. The Bible is not just one big book; the Bible contains 66 books that were actually written by more than 40 men over a span of 1600 years (39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament, which means covenant). The Bible is divided into 1,189 chapters consisting of 31,173 verses. The Old Testament has 929 chapters; and the New Testament has 260 chapters.
3. The Bible was divided into chapters by Stephen Langton in 1228. The Old Testament was divided into verses by R. Nathan in 1488 and the New Testament by Robert Stephanus in 1551.
4. The entire Bible divided into chapters and verses first appeared in the Geneva Bible of 1560.
5. The first translation of the English Bible was initiated by John Wycliffe and completed by John Purvey in 1388. The Bible has since been translated in part or in whole into over 1200 languages and dialects.
6. Gabriel, Michael, Abaddon, and Lucifer are the only four angels mentioned by name in the Bible.
7. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, named in John’s Book of Revelation, are Conquest, Slaughter, Famine, and Death.
8. Sheep are the most frequently mentioned animal in the Bible. Dogs and other animals are also mentioned but not cats (Sorry cat lovers).
9. The very first three words in the Bible are “in the beginning.” The last word is “Amen”. Amen means “so be it”.
10. The Bible has sold more copies than any other book in history. It is also the most shoplifted book in the world (what happened to “you shall not steal?”).
11. Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible, referred to as the Pentateuch.
12. The Bible was written in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine Greek.
13. The entire New Testament was canonized in the year 375 A.D. “Canon” is derived from the Greek word “kanon,” signifying a measuring rod. Thus, to have the Bible “canonized” meant that it had been measured by the standard or test of divine inspiration and authority. It became the collection of books or writings accepted by the apostles and leadership of the early Christian church as a basis for Christian belief.
14. The word “Psalm” comes from the Hebrew word “mizmowr” meaning “instrumental music.” Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. 2 John is the shortest book. Psalm 117 is the shortest chapter. Esther 8:9 is the longest verse. John 11:35 is the shortest verse.
15. The longest word in the Bible is “Mahershalalhashbaz” (Isa. 8:1).
16. Two men never died on earth but directly went directly to Heaven. The first was Enoch, who walked with God and was no more (Genesis 5:22-24). The second was Elijah, who was caught up by a whirlwind into heaven (II Kings 2:11).
17. The book of Genesis never says that Adam and Eve ate an apple, only that they ate fruit. The only place an apple tree is mentioned in the Bible is (Song of Songs 2:3).
18. There were 4 creatures sent as part of the 10 plagues against Egypt: frogs, lice, flies, and locusts.
19. Every quote Jesus used against Satan was from the book of Deuteronomy.
20. Bethlehem means “house of bread.”
21. The followers of Jesus were called Christians for the 1st time at Antioch (Acts 11:26).
22. Jesus performed 37 recorded miracles in his time on earth.
23. Jesus used the term “verily I say unto you” 76 times.
24. The Bible says that people were always “going up” to Jerusalem because Jerusalem sits upon a hill, and no matter what direction you approach from, you will always be going up to it.
25. John the Baptist was Jesus’ cousin, and six months older than Him. (Luke 1:36).
26. The hyssop plant was used to sprinkle lamb’s blood on the top and sides of the door frame during the Passover (Ex 12:22). The hyssop plant was also used to give Jesus a drink when He was thirsty on the cross. (John 19:29).
27. The Apostle Paul wrote the most books in the New Testament- Fourteen different books, over half of the New Testament, were written by Paul.
28. Christ is not a name, but rather a title. When the Old Testament refers to the Messiah (in Hebrew), it is referring to the same “Christ” (in Greek) mentioned in the New Testament. Both Messiah and Christ mean “anointed one.”
29. The oldest near-complete manuscript of the Bible is the Codex Vaticanus, which dates from around 325-350 A.D. Written on 759 leaves of vellum, it contains both the Old and New Testaments, and is currently housed in the Vatican Library.
30. Almost all American presidents who have been sworn into office had their hands on the King James Bible.
31. Delilah’s servant, NOT Delilah herself, cut Samson’s hair.
32. The book of Job is believed to be the oldest book.
“England has two books, the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare, but the Bible made England.”
APOLOGETICS - ARTICLES AND INFORMATION
- What is Apologetics?
- The Lost Truth
- Logic & Reasoning
- Truth & Reality
- Does God Exist?
- The Cosmological Argument
- The Design Argument
- The Moral Argument
- Who is Jesus?
- Satan’s Wish!
- God’s Dilemma!
- Did Jesus Rise From The Dead?
- Does God Answer Prayers?
- When Were The Gospels Written?
- Was Noah's Flood Real?
- Are Miracles Possible?
- The Apostle Peter
- Does Archaeology Support The Bible?
- Science & The Bible
- How Can Jesus be the only Way to Heaven?
- Don’t All World Religions Teach the Same Thing?
- Undesigned Coincidences
- Are All Men Created Equal?
- Is the Bible Really the Word of God?
- Amazing Bible Facts
- The Blind Atheists
- Jesus Meets Einstein
- Did the Gospel Writers Tell the Truth?
- The Evolution Fairytale
- The Day Common Sense Died!
- The Philosophy of Jesus
- The Report (Part 1)
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- Are All Religions True?
- Are There Contradictions in the Bible?
- Are All Religions True?
- Why Does God Allow Evil & Suffering?
- Bible Prophecy
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- When God Cried
- What Happened to America?
- Don’t All Good People Go to Heaven?
- Jesus at the United Nations
- False Teachers
- The Conference
- Jesus & the Woman at the Well
- The Day You face God
- Was Jesus Really Crucified?
- The Blind & the King
- Is Jesus God?
- The Meaning of Life
- Hero & the Fake
- The Insanity of Pluralism
- Who is God?
- The Tree of Good & Evil
- The Confused Agnostic
- Lazarus Come Forth!
- When God Seems Silent
- Case #1101
- The Proposal
- The Prayer
- Roman Catholicism
- Jesus Meets the Pope
- First Century Jesus
- The Patterns of False Religions
- Timid Christianity
- The Foolishness of Life without God
- An American Thanksgiving
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