It is completely obvious that the Bible is the best-selling book in the world (168,000 Bibles are sold in the US every day). It’s pretty amazing! And it’s not without excuse. God’s Word is awe-inspiring and life-changing. In this bleak world, it is a ray of hope.
Beyond its central message, the Bible contains a wealth of fascinating information. Here’s a running list of very fascinating things about the Bible. Have a look:
1. Three Languages Were Used to Write the Bible
Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek are the languages used in Bible. The majority of the Old Testament was written in Hebrew, the language of the original readers. Aramaic was used to write a few passages in the Old Testament (looking at you, Ezra and Daniel). The New Testament was written in Greek, which was then the most widely spoken language.
2. The bible has 17 historical books
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 King, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicle, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther are the 17 historical books of the Bible. These books set the stage for the Old Testament’s historical events.
3. The Bible Must Not be Stolen
One of the most well-known Bible truths is that it is the best-selling book of all time—approximately 25 million copies are sold annually in the United States alone—but did you realize that it is also the most commonly shoplifted? Certain readers, it seems, catch it before they get to the Ten Commandments! It turns out that everyone is violating the Commandment by stealing these tiny but popular objects.
4. Bible is the Source of Many Common Phrases
Finally, the first official English-language Bible was well worth the wait. The impact (and beauty) of the King James Bible, which was published in 1611, cannot be overstated.
The King James Bible’s “crystalline prose…continue[s] to echo in our language,” as the late essayist (and popular atheist) Christopher Hitchens once put it: “‘When I was a child, I spake as a child’; ‘Eat, drink, and be merry; ‘From strength to strength’; ‘Grind the faces of the poor’;’salt of the earth’; ‘Our Father, which art in heaven.’
5. The Bible Has More Than 40 Authors
The heroes of the Jewish and Christian religions are historically credited with writing the Bible’s books. The first five books of the Bible are credited to Moses, and most of the prophets’ books are named after them, among other things.
Of course, the truth is a little more complicated. Moses didn’t write every word of Genesis–Deuteronomy since he died before any of the events took place! And there’s a fair chance Jonah didn’t write Jonah, and Isaiah may have received some assistance over the years, and so on.
6. Adultery was Once Promoted by a “wicked” Bible.
A “wicked bible” claimed that “thou shalt commit adultery,” rather than “thou shalt not commit adultery,” due to a typographical mistake. This Bible, which was published in 1631, is also known as an “adulterous Bible” or the “sinners’ Bible.”
7. The “Wicked Bible” copies were kept by collectors.
In 2008, the wicked bible made its first appearance on the internet. The book’s current value has risen to $100,000. The wicked bible was soon discarded and destroyed in large quantities, with just a few copies remaining today.
8. The Word “Bible” is Derived From the Greek word “Ta Biblia.”
The word “Bible” is derived from the Greek word “Ta Biblia,” which means “books” or “scrolls.” The word comes from the ancient city of Byblos in Lebanon, which served as the ancient world’s official supplier of paper.
9. The Longest Term in the Bible is “Mahershalalhashbaz.”
The longest word in the Bible is “Mahershalalhashbaz,” which appears in Isaiah 8:3. Mahershalalhashbaz implies “Swift is the spoils, speedy is the plunder.” Mahershalalhashbaz was the name given to the prophet Isaiah’s second son.
10. China is the World’s Leading Producer of Bibles.
Year after year, the Amity Printing Company in Nanjing, China, continues to manufacture Bibles. With over 600 workers, China is actually the world’s largest manufacturer of Bibles.
11. The Old Testament took over 1,000 years to complete.
In history, it took over 1,000 years for the Old Testament to be completed. Meanwhile, the New Testament Word of God took 50-75 years to complete.
12. The Old Testament is followed by all major religions.
The Old Testament is followed by the world’s major religions, including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Yes, Islam is a devout follower of the Old Testament. When it comes to the New Testament, however, there are several variations in viewpoints.
13. The Bible has 12 prophets
The Old Testament was influenced by the twelve prophets of the Bible. Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi are some of the prophets mentioned in the Bible.
14. The Bible was written by People From a Variety of Professions.
Kings penned parts of the Bible. Half of the Psalms, a significant portion of Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes seem to have been written by royalty.
Farmers, fishermen, a tentmaker, homeless prophets, a doctor, a skilled scribe, vocational singers, pastors, and others wrote other sections of the Bible.
15. The Bible contains at least 185 songs.
The book of Psalms contains about 150 of these. (I say “around” because there is some question about whether or not a couple of the separate Psalms were intended to be sung as a single Psalm.) People will sing songs about God or the events around them in both the Old and New Testaments. And that’s only if you count the sections of Scripture labeled “song,” “psalm,” “dirge,” or “chant” as “song,” “psalm,” “dirge,” or “chant.”
16. In North Korea, there are free “Bible parachutes.”
The Bibles were “illegally” parachuted into North Korea by some concerned organizations. When discovered, authorities shoot down each balloon and arrest the locals who will pick up the book. The government warns people that these balloons are loaded with poison, but some residents are willing to take a risk of obtaining a copy.
References:(Last Updated On: April 4, 2021)