19 Interesting Bible Trivia Facts You Might Not Know

SharePinEmailThe Bible is one of the most influential books ever written and can be found on bookshelves everywhere. Even people who are not Christian or religious have looked through the Bible and read at least a few passages. It contains all genres of writing and is translated into thousands of languages and obscure dialects. Here…

The Bible is one of the most influential books ever written and can be found on bookshelves everywhere. Even people who are not Christian or religious have looked through the Bible and read at least a few passages. It contains all genres of writing and is translated into thousands of languages and obscure dialects. Here are 19 fascinating trivia facts about the Bible you probably didn’t know. 

The Bible is the Best-Selling Book of All Time

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The Bible has sold between five and seven billion copies, more than any other book in history. There’s no way to know the exact number sold as before mass print there are few records. Before the 1400s, complete bibles were rare and extremely valuable.

The Bible Was Written Over 1,500 Years

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It took over 1,500 years to write the Bible, from 1400 BC to 40 AD. The different books of the Bible were written by separate authors, and St. Jerome compiled the final edition in 400 AD.

The Bible Was Written in Three Languages

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The Bible was written in Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic. The languages used during the Old Testament were Hebrew and Aramaic; by the time of the New Testament, Greek was the lingua franca.  

There Are 66 Books in the Protestant Bible

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Protestant Bibles have fewer books than the Catholic and Orthodox versions. The Catholic Church added seven new books to the Bible in 1546, but it’s disputed between the Catholic and Protestant churches whether the books are canonical. 

The Longest Book in the Bible is Psalms

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The Old Testament Book of Psalms is the longest in the Bible, with 150 chapters. Psalms is a book of religious hymns probably compiled around 5 BC. The authorship is a subject of dispute, but it’s theorized that more than one person wrote the book.

The Shortest Book in the Bible is 3 John

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The shortest book in the Bible is only 219 words long in its original Greek format. The book describes Jesus’ conversation with a curious pharisee and John’s testimony.

The Bible Was Originally Divided into Chapters and Verses in the 13th and 16th Centuries

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The original Bible was not divided into verses or passages; Stephen Langton, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was the first to divide the book into chapters. The divisions facilitate the teaching of the Bible, and individual verses are easily referenced. 

The Longest Verse in the Bible is Esther 8:9

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A verse in the Book of Esther is the longest in the Bible, with 80 words. The verse describes the writing of an edict in various different languages. The second longest verse comes from the Book of Revelations. 

The Shortest Verse in the Bible is John 11:35

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The shortest verse in the Bible is in the Book of John and is perhaps the most poignant in the Bible. The only words are “Jesus wept.” It is part of the narrative surrounding the death of Jesus’s friend Lazarus. 

The Bible Has Been Translated into Over 3,000 Languages

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The Bible is available in every modern language and even has translations in dialects and rarely spoken languages. There are translations in fictional languages, such as the Elven language in JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. 

The Gutenberg Bible Was the First Major Book Printed Using Movable Type

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The movable type transformed printing and allowed for the mass production of books. The Gutenberg Bible was the first major book to be printed using movable type, allowing more people to own a personal copy. 

The Dead Sea Scrolls Include Some of the Oldest Known Biblical Manuscripts

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The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in a cave near the Dead Sea between 1946 and 1956. They are the oldest known biblical manuscripts and contain fragments from every book in the Old Testament except for the Book of Esther.

The Bible Contains a Variety of Literary Genres

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There are few literary genres not found in the Bible, and it is not a myth that it can be read by anyone looking for mystery, murder, and intrigue. Anyone who wants some apocalyptic literature would do well to start with the Book of Revelations.

The Bible is Divided into Two Main Sections: The Old Testament and The New Testament

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The two main sections of the Bible are the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament uses Jewish scriptures, while the early Christians wrote the New Testament after 1 AD. 

The Bible Contains Over 700,000 Words

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The exact word count of the Bible depends on the translation, but there are over 700,000 words in all editions. The average number for other books depends on the genre but is generally between 60,000 and 100,000 words.

The King James Version of the Bible Was Published in 1611

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The King James Bible diverted from traditional biblical language, using more poetic verses and vivid imagery. Printed in 1611, it helped to popularize the Bible among common people.

The Book of Esther Does Not Mention God

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In a book that spreads the word of God and his teachings, it’s surprising to find there are books of the Bible that don’t mention Him. The Book of Esther does not mention God but shows how God works even when His presence is not obvious. 

The Bible Has Influenced Many Works of Literature and Art

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The Bible is one of the most influential books in mass circulation, and its influence is found in art and literature. The art of Renaissance painters such as Raphael took inspiration from biblical imagery, and CS Lewis wrote The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe as an allegory of the biblical world.

The Bible Continues to Be a Subject of Study and Debate

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The Bible is translated into thousands of languages and influences billions of people. It’s little wonder it continues to be debated by Christians and non-Christians. Theologians unpick passages of the Bible and discuss the philosophical value of its teachings; others debate interpretations and translations and how they apply to the modern world. 

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