Interesting Facts about the Bible

Longest and shortest chapters in the Bible
Getting to know some interesting facts about the Bible is a good way to start off with Bible reading. This article concentrates on interesting Bible facts.
The Holy Bible is the most important book in Christianity and it tells us all about life such as how to deal with problems in everyday living, true faith, motivation, love, depression, and other similar aspects. If you want to start reading the Bible as a daily routine, it is suggested to get to know some interesting facts about the Bible first.

10 Interesting Facts about the Bible
  • The Holy Bible was written by approximately 40 men after they were inspired by God to do the same.
  • The Old Testament was originally indited in the Hebrew language, whereas the New Testament in Greek.
  • The Holy Bible is a book that has partially or totally been translated into more than about 1200 languages and dialects.
  • All over the world, the number of Holy Bibles sold is greater than any other published book.
  • The complete Bible is divided into 66 books, with 39 being in the Old Testament and 27 being in the New Testament.
  • In the entire Bible, there are 1189 chapters; with 929 chapters making up the Old Testament and 260 chapters included in the New Testament.
  • Coming to the number of verses, there are 31,173 verses in this Book of Life; with 23,214 verses in the Old Testament and just 7,959 verses in the New Testament.
  • The longest chapter in the Bible is believed to be Psalm 119, whereas, the shortest one is Psalm 117.
  • The shortest Bible verse in this holy book is John 11:35, quoted as 'Jesus Wept', whereas, the longest one is Esther 8:9.
  • The longest word in the Holy Bible is 'Mahershalalhashbaz' which has 18 letters and can be found in Isaiah 8:1.
Other Interesting Facts about the Bible
  • The oldest man ever in the history of mankind was 'Methuselah' who lived for 969 years.
  • One Bible fun fact is that the phrase 'do not be afraid' can be found 365 times in the Bible. Therefore, it can be concluded that we have to agree that God Almighty is there to guide us everyday.
  • It is reported that the Bible is the most shoplifted book in the whole world.
  • The Holy Bible is the only book that states the origin of the world, birth of man, journey of man's life to the present time, and even what is going to happen in future.
  • Enoch and Elijah were the only two people who never died a human death, instead were directly taken up to heaven by God.
  • As the Bible was printed in 1454, it holds the honor of the first book to be printed.
  • Samson was the strongest of all in the Bible, whereas Solomon was the wisest.
Following is a list of the books in the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible.

Books in the Bible

As you must be knowing, the Bible is a compilation of several books written by different people over the span of numerous decades. These books are as follows, classified into the Old Testament and the New Testament:-

Books in the Old Testament
  • Genesis
  • Exodus
  • Leviticus
  • Numbers
  • Deuteronomy
  • Joshua
  • Judges
  • Ruth
  • 1 Samuel
  • 2 Samuel
  • 1 Kings
  • 2 Kings
  • 1 Chronicles
  • 2 Chronicles
  • Ezra
  • Nehemiah
  • Esther
  • Job
  • Psalms
  • Proverbs
  • Ecclesiastes
  • Song of Songs
  • Isaiah
  • Jeremiah
  • Lamentations
  • Ezekiel
  • Daniel
  • Hosea
  • Joel
  • Amos
  • Obadiah
  • Jonah
  • Micah
  • Nahum
  • Habakkuk
  • Zephaniah
  • Haggai
  • Zechariah
  • Malachi
Books in the New Testament
  • Matthew
  • Mark
  • Luke
  • John
  • Acts
  • Romans
  • 1 Corinthians
  • 2 Corinthians
  • Galatians
  • Ephesians
  • Philippians
  • Colossians
  • 1 Thessalonians
  • 2 Thessalonians
  • 1 Timothy
  • 2 Timothy
  • Titus
  • Philemon
  • Hebrews
  • James
  • 1 Peter
  • 2 Peter
  • 1 John
  • 2 John
  • 3 John
  • Jude
  • Revelation
The Ten Commandments in the Bible

The following Ten Commandments mentioned in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5 are prominent commandments given to mankind:-
  1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
  2. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
  3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
  5. Honor thy father and thy mother.
  6. Thou shalt not kill.
  7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
  8. Thou shalt not steal.
  9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.
Note that these are only some of the interesting facts about the Bible. You can get to know some more really interesting facts on the Bible with daily reading and meditating. If you want to know about rules for living and how to be wise, the chapter of Proverbs is the best option. Similarly, Psalms consists of poems, prayers, and songs which are believed to be written by King David.
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