In this article, we will take a look at 27 Fun facts about the Bible. Great for adults, youth, and kids to learn about the most-sold book in the world. So, let’s learn some neat facts…
It’s well known that out of all the books of the world, the Bible ranks number 1 in sales (168,000 Bibles are sold in the US every day). It’s pretty epic! And for a good reason. God’s Word is amazing and powerful. It is a beacon of truth in this dark world.
So, I thought looking at some Bible facts would be fun. We will look at some fun facts, interesting facts, and even some shocking facts all about the His Word.
And if you would like to grow more in the Bible. Check out my faith page, where I cover all kinds of topics like Angels in the Bible, Biblical Numerology, and Growing in Your Friendship With Jesus. And if you are big fan of facts, check out: Scientific Facts In the Bible
10 Fun Facts about the Bible
Bible Fact #1: Where is God?
The book of Esther is the only book in the Bible that never mentions God’s name. All other books in scripture mention God.
Bible Fact #2: Fear NOT
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7
There is a total of 365 verses that tell us to fear not! One for every single day of the year! Take that devil!
>> Check out 5 Powerful Bible Reading Tips
Bible Fact #3: Basic Bible Stats
Here is a list of cool basic Bible facts. Making this post way more than 27 facts 😉
- The Bible has a total of 66 books by 40 authors.
- 39 Books in the Old Testament
- 27 Books in the New Testament
- 31,173 verses total in the Bible (depending on the translation)
- 23,214 verses are in the Old Testament.
- 7,959 verses are in the New Testament.
- A total of 185 songs in the Bible
- The whole King James Bible has 788,258 words, 31,102 verses, and 1,189 chapters.
Bible Fact #4: Biblical Languages
The original Bible wasn’t just written in Hebrew but also Greek and Aramaic. The latter two are in the New Testament.
Bible Fact #5: Where was the Bible written?
With 40 authors, the Bible has been written on 3 continents!
Bible Fact #6: What is a Bible?
When you head to a bookstore, you will see all kinds of non-religious “Bibles.” Like this BBQ Bible…
We kind of get this idea that “bible” means to be an ultimate guide. And don’t get me wrong, the Bible is the ultimate guide for mankind to know and walk with God.
But the word “bible” actually means “scrolls.”
Bible Fact #7: 3 Wisemen?
Did you know the Bible never mentions there being only 3 Wisemen who went to see baby Jesus?! There could be way more than just 3. Scripture doesn’t tell us how many went; only 3 gifts were given.
Check out more cool facts about the Wisemen.
Bible Fact #8: The Last Word
The very last word in the Bible is Amen in the book of Revelation. Amen means “so be it” .
Bible Fact #9 Noah’s Ark Had More Than Just 2 Of Each Animal
I remember reading the story for the first time, and my jaw dropped when I read that there were 7 pairs of every clean animal in the ark and 2 of every unclean animal.
Oh, snap…all those storybooks have been telling only half the truth.
You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female; 3 also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth. – Genesis 7:2–3
Bible Fact #10: Every nation, tribe, people, and tongue
As of 2019, the full Bible has been translated into 698 different languages and just the New Testament into 1,548 languages! YAY!
8 Fun Questions Answered About the Bible
When were verses added to the Bible?
Chapters and verses were added to the Bible for convenience. Our modern Old Testament verses were done by the Ben Asher family around 900 AD. And our modern verses for the New Testament were created by Robert Stephanus. He divided the Greek text into verses in 1551.
What is the longest chapter in the Bible?
Psalm 119, with 176 verses
What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?
Psalm 117, it only has 2 verses.
Which verse is at the exact center of the Bible?
It is better to trust in the Lord
Than to put confidence in man. – Psalm 118:8
What is the longest book in the Bible?
The book with the most chapters is the book Psalms. Per word, the Book of Jeremiah wins in its original language of Hebrew. It has over 42,000 words.
What is the shortest book in the Bible?
What is the shortest verse in the Bible?
“Jesus wept.” – John 11:35
What is the longest verse in the Bible?
“The king’s scribes were summoned at that time, in the third month, which is the month of Sivan, on the twenty-third day. And an edict was written, according to all that Mordecai commanded concerning the Jews, to the satraps and the governors and the officials of the provinces from India to Ethiopia, 127 provinces, to each province in its own script and to each people in its own language, and also to the Jews in their script and their language.” – Esther 8:9 NKJV
What is the longest word in the Bible?
Mahershalalhashbaz (Isaiah 8:3). I dare you to say that 3 times in a row…
3 Shocking Bible Facts
Alright, are you ready for some shocking Bible facts?! We will take a look at 3 of them. They are pretty interesting!
1. The Wicked Bible
Wait…What?! What is the wicked Bible?
In 1631 London printers Martin Lucas and Robert Barker accidentally forgot the word “NOT” in thou shall not commit adultery. Making the 7th commandment state…. “thou shall commit adultery.” Eeeek!
This became known as the wicked Bible. And a year later, the printers were fined for their error and had their printing license removed. It is said there are only 9 of these Bibles left since most of them were removed from circulation.
2. Thou Shall Not Steal
As I mentioned at the start of this post…the Bible is the number 1 seller of books, estimated at 100 million Bibles sold yearly. But it’s also the number 1 book stolen.
This is mainly because Bibles are found everywhere in churches and in hotel rooms.
3. The St. John’s Bible
After 13 years (1998-2011) of hard work, calligrapher Donald Jackson finished the St. John’s a Bible. A modern take on a fully handwritten and hand-illustrated Bible.
According to today.com…
“The Bible, to be bound in seven volumes, contains 1,150 pages, weighs 165 pounds and measures two-feet tall by three-feet wide when opened. And every single one of its nearly 775,000 words was painstakingly written by hand by a team of scribes using 130-year-old Chinese ink dispensed through writing quills made of goose, turkey and swan feathers.”
And get this…it cost St. John’s University and St. John’s Abbey an estimated $8 million dollars to create! You can grab yourself a copy for the small amount of $140,000.
Here is a little video of the pages in Gospels and Acts. The artistry is beautiful.
I hope you have enjoyed all these fun Bible facts and learned some interesting things! Feel free to drop me a comment below. I would love to know what God is teaching you. And don’t forget to check out Scientific Facts of the Bible.
Melissa is a passionate minister, speaker and an ongoing learner of the Bible. She has been involved in church and vocational ministry for over 18 years. And is the founder of Think About Such Things. She has the heart to equip the saints by helping them get into the Word of God and fall more in love with Jesus. She also enjoys family, cooking, and reading.
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