Interesting Facts on The Bible

  • The word Bible literally means “books”, from the Greek word ‘Biblia’.

  • The Bible is the biggest selling book of all time.

  • The Bible is approximately 773, 692 words in length.

  • The Bible contains 66 books in total.

  • It would take the average person 70 hours to read the entire Bible out loud.

  • The Psalms is the longest book in the Bible.

  • The Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew.

  • The New Testament was originally written in Greek.

  • The bible has been translated into more than 2,000 languages and dialects.

  • In 1454, the Bible became the first book ever to be printed.

  • The star of Bethlehem which was recorded by Matthew in the Bible, was also recorded by Chinese astronomers, who called it a bright and unknown star.

  • In a cave by the Dead Sea, a young shepherd discovered an old clay jar which had within it dusty scrolls, which ended up being ancient copies of the Old Testament.

  • The Old Testament makes reference to Jesus more than 60 times.

  • The New Testament has more than 260 quotations from the Old Testament.

  • Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament with only 1 chapter of 21 verses.

  • Judges 9:8-15 contains the oldest parable in the Bible.

  • The New Testament contains 7, 959 verses.

  • The New Testament has 27 books.

  • The longest book in the New Testament is Acts with 28 chapters.

  • The Ephesians 3:1, Philippians 1:7, Colossians 4:3 and Philemon, were written by Paul while he was in prison.

  • The number 7 appears often in the bible and is considered to represent completion, perfection or wholeness.

  • The number 40 also carries meaning in the Bible and represents change, or the ushering in of a new era or period.

  • The first person to be named a Hebrew in the Old Testament is Abraham.

  • Acts 11:26 in the New Testament is first place in the Bible in which the word Christian is mentioned.

  • In the Bible, Samson is the strongest man.

  • In the Bible, Soloman is the wisest man.

  • The phrase “Do not be afraid” appears in the Bible 365 days, which is parallel to the amount of days in a year.

  • The first animal out of Noah’s Ark was a raven.

  • The translation of the Bible into English was started by John Wycliffe and finished by John Purvey in 1388.

  • In 1535, the first English language Bible was published.