18 Bible Trivia Facts That Most People Are Unaware Of

SharePinEmailThe Bible is one of the most read books ever written. Consisting of the Old Testament and the New Testament, it has been influential for both the religious and the non-religious. While many people may know that the Bible was written a long time ago, many biblical facts are still not common knowledge. In this…

The Bible is one of the most read books ever written. Consisting of the Old Testament and the New Testament, it has been influential for both the religious and the non-religious. While many people may know that the Bible was written a long time ago, many biblical facts are still not common knowledge.

In this article, we look into some facts you didn’t know about the Bible that might surprise you.

The Bible’s Longest Verse is Found in the Old Testament

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Many people read the Bible without thinking about the length of each verse. This is why they may not be aware that Esther 8:9 is the longest verse in the Bible. In this verse, Queen Esther urges King Xerxes to take back a decree that puts the lives of her people in danger. In the original Hebrew text, it contains 90 words, making it the Bible’s longest verse.

The Best-Selling Book Award Goes to the Bible

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Not only is the Bible the most widely read book of all time, but the Bible is the all-time best-selling book. It is said to have sold millions of copies worldwide and it has been distributed to countries all over the world.

The Holy Book Doesn’t Just Contain Instructions

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Contrary to popular belief, the Bible isn’t merely a set of instructions and guidelines telling people how to live. The book is also rich with symbolism and powerful narrative accounts chronicling historical events, the lives of interesting figures, and interesting stories that transmit moral and spiritual lessons. It is also rich with poetry, prophecy, and letters.

Two Simple Words Make up the Shortest Verse in the Bible

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John 11:35 is the shortest verse in the Bible simply stating, “Jesus wept.” The monosyllable “wept” portrays a profound sense of sadness and it is a significant moment showing Jesus’ compassion and humility. 

English Was Not the Original Language of the Bible

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Even though many people read the Bible in English, the Old Testament was primarily written in Hebrew while the New Testament was written in Greek. In addition, some parts of the Old Testament, especially in Daniel and Ezra, were in Aramaic.

One Person Didn’t Print the Gutenberg Bible Alone

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The Gutenberg Bible was the first book ever printed using movable type and was completed in 1455. However, it wasn’t printed by Johannes Gutenberg alone. Although Gutenberg did invent the movable-type printing press, he had help from others including Johann Fust and Peter Schoeffer.

There are More Than 2500 verses in the Longest Book in the Bible

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Psalms is the longest book in the Bible with 150 chapters. With a total of 2,527 verses in this book, Psalm 119 alone has 176 verses. It is longer than most verses possibly because of the sheer amount of detail contained in it.

You Can Read the Bible in Multiple Languages

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Many religious individuals may be aware that the Bible has been translated into different languages, but they may not know how many. In fact, over the past 2,000 years, this sacred text has changed a great deal as it has been translated into over 3,000 languages.

Numerous Genres Can Be Found in the Bible

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Key messages and stories are not just confined to one genre in the Bible. It encompasses a variety of literary styles such as poetry, historical narratives, and prophecy. This is to reflect the different periods it was written in.

Multiple Authors Contributed to the Bible

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Over different periods, many authors contributed to the Bible. It is estimated that around 40 different authors added their input. These authors weren’t just one type of person but came from multiple different backgrounds.

More Women Were in the Bible Than You Might Think

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From Biblical teachings, many people might think that females are expected to be submissive to males. Similarly, readers may falsely believe there aren’t many women in the Bible. However, there are 188 named women in the Bible, many of which played influential roles.

Everyday Language Has Been Influenced by the Bible

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Common phrases we use in our speech may come from the Bible, such as “the writing on the wall” and “a drop in the bucket.” This is partially because of the wide circulation of Biblical teachings over the years with writers such as Shakespeare quoting from it.

18 Letters Make Up the Longest Word in the Bible

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Maher-shalal-hash-baz is the longest word in the Bible, which can be found in Isaiah 8:1. The meaning of this word is “swift is the booty, speedy is the prey.”

People Have Sent the Bible to Space

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On several occasions, the Bible has been sent to space. For example, the Apollo 14 astronauts carried microfilm Bibles to the moon in 1971, carrying all 1,245 pages of the King James version. Similarly, in 2008 the Bible was sent to space once again. 

Swearing on the Bible is Common Practice

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Swearing on the Bible as part of a legal oath is a common practice that goes back centuries. It is said to focus attention on the severity of any situation. Many US Presidents have used the Bible during their inauguration ceremonies.

The Bible’s Original Manuscripts No Longer Exist

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The original manuscripts of the Bible are referred to as the “autographs” but they no longer exist today. The oldest known manuscripts are known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, dating back to the 3rd century BCE. These scrolls are famous for containing the oldest manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible.

Methuselah is the Oldest Person in the Bible

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Methuselah lived to be 969 years old, according to Genesis 5:27 and he was the grandfather of Noah. Methuselah’s age has always fascinated people, symbolizing the long lives of early biblical figures. His name is often used to refer to great longevity in various cultures.

Slavery is Referenced in the Bible

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Slavery is referred to in both the Old and New Testaments. There are different laws on the treatment of slaves in books such as Exodus and Leviticus. The New Testament goes into detail about the relationships between masters and slaves in letters like Philemon.

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