Are you interested in learning some facts about the Bible? The Bible has a very long history as a religious text and a popular book. Dive into 19 Bible facts including a few scientific facts.
19 Significant Facts About the Bible
Fun Facts About the Bible Book
Even if you've read the Bible, you may not know how and where it was created, how long it truly is or even how many different versions there are. Explore some mind-blowing facts about the actual book known as the Bible.
It's Over 600,000 Words Long
When it comes to facts about the Bible, it’s hard to get past the word count. On average, the Bible is over 600,000 words long. However, different translations or versions of the Bible are even longer. In fact, the King James Bible (KJV) is 783,137 words. Each version and translation is a variation of this word count because sometimes translations take more words to get something across.
It's the Most Read Book
It might come as a surprise to some, but the Bible is one of the world's most-read books. This best-selling book sees about 20 million copies sold yearly, and that doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon. Many families also own more than one copy of the Bible and free Bibles are given away worldwide.
The Sinner’s Bible Typo
Everyone knows that the Bible states, “thou shall not commit adultery.” However, an ill-fated typo in 1631 said just the opposite. The rare "sinner’s Bible" actually tells its readers to commit adultery. This rare Bible only has a handful of remaining copies floating around out there.
From Three Continents and Three Languages
While the Bible has about 40 authors who wrote different sections, it was also authored on three continents. The Bible was written in Asia, Europe and Africa and in three different languages: Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.
It's Over 1,000 Chapters
The Bible takes pulling an all-nighter to read this massive book to a whole new level with over 1,000 chapters to comb through. You can dive into 1,189 chapters for this book, with 929 in the Old Testament and 260 in the New Testament. Of these chapters, both the longest and shortest chapters are in Psalms. Psalms 117 comes in as the shortest Bible chapter, while Psalms 119 is the longest.
Jesus Is Not Described in the Bible
While churches worldwide include images of Jesus, the Bible never truly describes what he looks like. There are hints to his features found in some books of the Bible, but a full description is lacking. Therefore, the images you see of Jesus are the creations of artists rather than a prophet's true likeness.
There are 185 Songs in the Bible
In addition to epic battles and the parting of the sea, you can also find an array of songs within the pages of the Bible. In fact, you can find 185 songs within the chapters of the Bible. These include chants, hymns and dirges. A good majority of these are in Psalms, which could account for it being the longest book.
The Shortest Verse in the Bible Is 2 Words
Most Bible verses are known for being pretty long, especially when you are trying to memorize them; however, John 11:35 is very short. In fact, it’s only two words, “Jesus wept,” making it the shortest verse in the Bible.
1,500 Years in the Making
Writing the Bible took a long time. The actual time it took to write the Bible is a bit fuzzy, but most scholars agree that it took about 1,500 years. The oldest book of the Bible is Job 1, but the exact date when it was written isn’t known.
It's the Most Stolen Book
This one seems a bit odd considering the Bible's content; however, the Bible is the most stolen book. When you think about the fact that the Bible is the most popular book, it makes sense that there are a lot more copies to steal.
She Bible Typo
Have you heard of the rare "she bible?" A typo in 1611 created the "she bible." This is a typo found in the Book of Ruth that describes God as a woman. It turns out the 1600s were not a good year for the Bible, or it was a great year, depending on how you look at it.
Oldest Bible Dates to the 4th Century
One of the earliest versions of the Bible can be found in the Vatican Library and dates back to the 4th century. This parchment Bible includes the Old Testament and New Testament. If you are curious to check the Codex Vaticanus out, you can find it digitized and online.
Gap Between Old and New Testament Writing
The writing of God’s words took time. However, there was quite a large gap between the Old Testament writings and the New Testament of the Bible. In fact, it was about 400 years before the New Testament writings took place after the completion of the Old Testament. These years are known as the “silent years.”
Geneva Bible Verses
It’s common to quote verses from the Bible, but the Geneva Bible was the first to include verses. Brought to the Americas by the English, the Geneva Bible influenced the King James Version.
Scientific Facts About the Bible
The Bible and science do not always connect. In fact, a lot of controversy exists between the two. However, you can find some intriguing scientific facts in the Bible if you know where to look.
The Earth Is Round
While it can be translated differently depending on how you look at it, a passage in the Bible does describe the world as round or sphere. This passage can be found in Isiah 40:22 (NIV), “He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers.” This book dates back to about the 8th century.
Earth in Space
Another fun scientific fact found in the Bible is the reference to space. This is found in one of the oldest books of the Bible, Jobs. “He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing” (Job 26:7, NIV). Given the time of this writing, many didn’t believe in a free-floating Earth.
Blood as the Source of Life
With modern science, we know that blood is needed for life. However, they didn’t know this back in the time when the Bible was written. Despite that, it’s clear in Leviticus 17:11 (NIV) when it says, “For the life of a creature is in the blood.”
Bible Clarifies Hydrologic Cycle
There are two verses within the Bible many scholars say relate to the hydrologic cycle before this was a known thing. Written in about the 8th century, Amos discusses the ocean going into other lands and bodies of water. In Amos 9:6 (NIV) it says, “He calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out over the face of the land." "All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.” Ecclesiastes 1:7 (KJV) also speaks to this cycle.
Air Has Weight
The fact that air actually has weight is a relatively new discovery. Air having weight is accredited to Evangelista Torricelli in 1644. However, the Bible discussed the weight of air in Jobs 28:25 (ESV) saying, “When he gave to the wind its weight and apportioned the waters by measure.”