|"If any man speak, let him
of God..." (I Peter 4:11)
|About forty men were engaged int eh writing of the Bible, during a period of about 1,600 years --
that is, from 1500 BC to AD 100.
These men wrote not in the words of human wisdom, but in words divinely taught (1 Corinthians
The Bible contains 3,566,480 letters, 773,746 words; 31,102 verses; 1,189 chapters; and 66
books. The Old Testament contains 39 books, the New Testament 27 books. In point of length,
the average word in the Bible contains fewer than five letters. What a lesson for the fellow who
has a mania for big words!
The Tetragrammaton (JHVH -- Jehovah) occurs 6,855 times in the Old Testament. Not once in
the New Testament.
The word "Lord" occurs 1,853 times.
The word "and" occurs 46,277 times, and the word "reverand" but once (Psalm 111:9).
The book of Esther contains ten chapters, but neither the word "Lord" nor "God" is to be found in
The middle verse in the Bible is Psalm 118:8.
The middle book of the Old Testament is Proverbs.
The middle chapter of the Old Testament is Job 29.
The middle verse of the Old Testament is 2 Chronicles 20:13.
The shortest verse in the Old Testament is 1 Chronicles 1:25; the longest, Esther 8:9.
The middle book of the New Testament is 2 Thessalonians.
The middle chapter in the New Testament is between Romans 13 and 14.
The middle verse in the New Testament is Acts 17:17.
The shortest verse in the New Testament, in English, is John 12:35; in Greek, 1 Thessalonians
The longest verse in the Bible is Esther 8:9; it contains ninety words. Did you know that this
verse is more than twice as long as the shortest chapter in the Bible?
The longest word in the Bible is found in Isaiah 8:1.
All letters of the alphabet, except "j", are found in Ezra 7:21.
The 19th chapter of 2 Kings and the 37th chapter of Isaiah are nearly identical.
The Old Testament was translated into Greek in Alexandria, Egypt, about 270 BC.
The Bible holds the distinction of being the first printed book, it was first reprinted in 1450.
The first Bible printed in this country was in the Indian language in 1663. This translation was
made and published by John Eliot, the so-called "Apostle to the Indians." This is the earliest
example of the whole Bible translated and printed in a new language for the purpose of
The first English Bible printed in this country was in 1782.
The first translation of the Bible made in America was printed in 1808. It was the work of
The first translation of the New Testament published in America was printed in 1826 by
Alexander Campbell. It first appeared under the title, "Sacred Writings," later "Living Oracles." It
was largely a compilation of the works of Dodridge, Macknight, and George Campbell.
It is not generally known that Noah Webster, author of the famous "Webster Dictionary" and the
"Blue-back Speller," made a translation of the Bible, which was published in 1833.
The King James Version of the Bible was first published in 1611.
The Revised Version of the whole Bible was issued in 1885.
The Bible was divided into chapters by Cardinal Hugo in 1250.
The New Testament was divided into verses by Sir Robert Stephens in 1551.
The whole Bible, divided into chapters and verses, first appeared in 1560 in what is known as
the "Geneva Bible." It was so called because it was prepared by the Reformers in Geneva. It is
also called the "Breeches Bible," because Genesis 3:7 is translated: "They sewed fig leaves
together and made themselves breeches."
The Bible is the most translated book in the world. It has been translated into more different
languages and dialects than any other book that has been written.
The Bible continues to be the best seller in the world.
The Bible is the best book in the world.
It is the only book that reveals the origin, mission and destiny of man.
It is the textbook on salvation.
There is no conflict between the Bible and the facts of science. There may be many conflicts
between the Bible and the theories of so-called scientists, and between the facts of science and
the theories of so-called "Bible scholars."
Above all things, the Bible should be studied and obeyed and taught.
-- adapted from Bulletin Builders by Gussie Lambert
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