Amazing Bible facts: part one

16 05 2013

The Bible has: 773,692 words, 31,173 verses, 1189 chapters, 3,566,480 letters, 1260 promises, 6468 commands, over 8000 prophesies, 3294 questions, 1845 references to Christ’s second coming in the OT (318 in the NT).

Shortest verse: Jn 11:35: ‘Jesus wept’. Longest verse: Esther 8:9. Longest chapter: Ps 119. Shortest chapter: Ps 117. Shortest book: 3 John. Longest book: Psalms. Most used word: ‘the’ (over 24,000 times).

The exact middle of the Bible is (Ps 118:8). The Bible was written over a period of 1500 years by 40 different authors. The longest sentence in the Bible (KJV Version) is found in Eph 1:3-14. Nine out of every ten people own a Bible. The Bible has been translated into at least 600 languages.

Have you ever taken the time to read your Bible cover to cover? Assuming your Bible is 1000 pages long (not counting study notes), and you read a page every 5 minutes, it should take you 84 hours or just under 3 and a half days to read it all. You have read many other books cover to cover, but have you read the most important book of all time?

Methuselah was the oldest man at 969 yrs old (Gen 5:27). Six other people also lived to be over 900 yrs old: Adam 930 yrs old (Gen 5:5), Seth 912 yrs old (Gen 5:8), Enos [Enosh] 905 yrs old (Gen 5:11), Cainan [Kenan] 910 yrs old (Gen 5:14), Jared 962 yrs old (Gen 5:20), Noah 950 yrs old (Gen 9:28)
**Note: After the flood, longevity of life greatly decreased.

Seven people committed suicide in the Bible: Zimri (1 Kg 16:18), Judas (Mt 27:3-5), Abimelech (Judg 9:53-54), Ahithophel (2 Sam 17:23), Samson (Judg 16:25-30), Saul (1 Sam 31:4-5, 1 Chr 10:4-5), Saul’s armorbearer (1 Sam 31:5, 1 Chr 10:5).

Seven people were raised from the dead in the Bible: Elijah raised the widow’s son (1 Kg 17:17-24). Elisha raised the Shunammites son (2 Kg 4:18-37). Jesus raised a widow’s son (Lk 7:11-15). Jesus raised the daughter of Jarius (Lk 8:41-42,49-56). Jesus raised Lazarus (Jn 11:1-46). Peter raised Tabitha (Dorcas) (Acts 9:36-51). Paul raised Eutychus (Acts 20:9-12).

The 10 commandments had writing on both sides (Ex 32:15). Ehud was the 1st left handed man in the Bible (Judg 3:15). Dogs are mentioned 41 times in the Bible, cats are never mentioned. Ostriches are mentioned only twice in the Bible: (Job 39:13-18)(Lam 4:3). They are described as cruel and harsh towards their young, having no wisdom or understanding, but faster than a horse.

Jubal invented the harp and flute (Gen 4:21). Delilah did not cut Samson’s hair (Judg 16:19). Everyone spoke the same language until the incident at the Tower of Babel (Gen 11:1-9). There was a lady named Noah (Josh 17:3). Samson used the jawbone of an ass to kill 1000 men (Judg 15:15).

The only boat mentioned by name in the Bible is the Castor and Pollux (Acts 28:11). Manasseh was the longest reigning king at 55 years (2 Kg 21:1). Zimri was the shortest reigning king at 7 days (1 Kg 16:15). Joash was the youngest king at 7 years old (2 Chr 24:1).

Genesis never says Adam and Eve ate an apple, only that they ate fruit. The only place an apple tree is mentioned is in the Bible is Song of Solomon 2:3. Er was the 1st person God killed for being wicked (Gen 38:7).

Isaiah is the Old Testament book most quoted in the New Testament (419 times). Psalms is second with 414 quotes. Genesis is third with 260 quotes.

Lamach was the first person recorded in the Bible to commit polygamy (Gen 4:19). Noah’s Ark was 450′ long, 75′ wide, and 45′ high, and had 3 stories (Gen 6:15-16). God shut the door of the Ark (Gen 7:16).

There were 4 creatures sent as part of the 10 plagues against Egypt: frogs, lice, flies, and locusts.

Goliath’s armor weighed 125 pounds (Judg 17:5). David kept Goliath’s armor in his tent after defeating him (Judg 17:54). Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines (1 Kg 11:3).

Stephen was the 1st Christian martyr (Acts 6:7-8:2). James was the first apostle martyred (Acts 12:1-2). Othniel was the 1st judge of Israel (Judg 3:9-10).

Green is the 1st color mentioned in the Bible (Gen 1:30).

Joshua captured 31 kings (Josh 12:9-24). David is mentioned 1139 times in the Bible, second only to Jesus. Sarah is the most mentioned woman (59 times), Rachel is 2nd (47 times).

Miriam is the 1st woman recorded singing in the Bible (Ex 15:21). Gamaliel was Paul’s teacher (Acts 22:3). He was also an important member of the Sanhedrin (Acts 5:34).

There are 7 Marys in the New Testament. There was a man with 6 fingers and 6 toes (2 Sam 21:20). Two men never died in the Bible: Enoch (Gen 5:22-24) and Elijah (2 Kg 2:11).

The book of Job dates before Exodus. God is not mentioned in the book of Esther. The longest word in the Bible is Maher-shalal-hash- baz. Every quote Jesus used against Satan was from the book of Deuteronomy.

Jesus quoted from Genesis 25 times. Jesus, Moses, Elijah, and Joshua were the only people who fasted 40 days in the Bible. Moses also went without water for 40 days (Ex 34:28)(Deut 9:18).

Word for word, Luke wrote more of the New Testament than Paul. The books Paul wrote in the NT were named for the people they were written to. Jesus never once told His disciples He loved them in the Bible, He showed them with His actions.

Bethlehem means ‘house of bread.’ Amen means basically ‘so be it.’ Hosanna means ‘save now.’ Manna means ‘what is it.’

When the king of Nineveh called the people to repent, even the animals were to fast and be covered in sackcloth (Jonah 3:7-8). Job at one time had 7000 sheep, 3000 camels, 500 oxen, and 500 female donkeys (Job 1:3). There are approximately 125 animals mentioned in the Bible.

Job said his wife thought he had bad breath (Job 19:17).

Solomon had 12,000 horses and 1400 chariots (1 Kg 10:26). Solomon wrote 3000 proverbs and 1005 songs (1 Kg 4:32). Silver was of little value in Solomon’s day (1 Kg 10:21)

Egyptians despised shepherds (Gen 46:34). Adam was 130 years old when Seth was born (Gen 5:3). Jacob had 12 sons, but also had a daughter named Dinah (Gen 34:1).

The Levites could not serve in the Tabernacle until 25 years old and had to retire at age 50 (Num 8:24-25). When Moses led the people out of Egypt, he took along Joseph’s bones (Ex 13:19). God Himself buried Moses and no one knows where (Deut 34:5-6).

Jerusalem at one time was called Jebus (Judg 19:10). It was also called Salem (Ps 76:2)(Gen 14:18)(Heb 7:1-2).

Og, the king of Bashan, had a bed made of iron that was 13′ long and 6′ wide (Deut 3:11).

Eglon was a very fat man (Judg 3:17).

During a severe famine in Samaria, a donkey’s head was being sold for 80 pieces of silver and 16 oz of a dove’s dung was being sold for 5 pieces of silver (2 Kg 6:25).

When Nehemiah saw that the men of Judah had married foreign wives, he rebuked them, beat some of them, and pulled out their hair (Neh 13:25).

There are 12 books of the Bible that start with J.

The disciples were called Christians for the 1st time at Antioch (Acts 11:26). Jesus was about 30 when He began His ministry (Lk 3:23).

Jesus performed over 30 miracles in the Gospels. The last place we see the Ark of the Covenant in the Bible is in 2 Chr 35:3, when God told the Levites to place it in the Temple that Solomon built.

There is nothing in the Bible stating men and women danced with one another. The new Earth won’t have any seas (Rev 21:1). The law was given 430 years after God’s covenant was established with Abraham (Gal 3:16-17).

The Sea of Galilee was also known as the Sea of Tiberias (Jn 21:1). Joseph was the only person in Genesis to live less than 120 years. Isaiah (Greek word Esaias) is quoted by name more than any other Old Testament prophet in the New Testament (21 times).

Jesus asked 107 questions in the Bible. There are 613 articles in the law. There is only one place in the Bible that shows Jesus sleeping; it is in the midst of a storm (Mt 8:23-27)(Mk 4:35-41)(Lk 8:22-25).

Unlike today, people who died during Bible times were almost always buried the same day they died.

Verily I say unto you (or thee) is used 77 times in the Gospels. The 4 Gospels record about 50 days of Jesus’ 3 year ministry. The time period of the book of Genesis spans more time than all of the rest of the Bible combined. The walls surrounding Babylon were 87 ft thick and 387 ft high.





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7 08 2013
Steve Finnell

The prevailing thought of many is that since the Bible was not canonized until sometime between 300 and 400 A.D. that the church of Christ did not have New Covenant Scriptures as their guide for faith and practice. That is simply factually incorrect.

The Lord’s church of the first 400 years did not rely on the man-made traditions of men for New Testament guidance.

Jesus gave the terms for pardon 33 A.D. after His death and resurrecting. (Mark 16:16) All the words of Jesus were Scripture.Jesus did not have to wait for canonization of the New Testament in order for His word to be authorized.

The terms for pardon were repeated by the apostle Peter 33 A.D. on the Day of Pentecost. (Acts 2:22-42) The teachings of the apostles were Scripture. The words of the apostles were Scripture before they were canonized.

The apostle Peter said the apostle Paul’s words were Scripture. (2 Peter 3:15-16…just as also our beloved brother Paul , according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, 16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand,which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures…

The apostle Paul’s letters and words were Scriptures when he wrote and spoke them. Paul did not have to wait for canonization to authorize his doctrine.

John 14:25-26 ‘These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to you remembrance all that I said to you.

The words and writings of the apostles were Scripture and they did not have to wait for canonization to be deemed authoritative. The apostle did not use man-made creed books of the church or man-made oral traditions to teach the gospel of the New Covenant.

Did the early church have written New testament Scriptures? Yes, and they were shared among the different congregations. (Colossians 4:16 When the letter is read among you, have it read in the church of the Laodiceans and you, for your part read my letter that is coming from Laodica.) Paul’s letters were Scripture and they were read in different churches.

They were New Testament Scriptures long before they were canonized.


Matthew A.D. 70
Mark A.D. 55
Luke between A.D. 59 and 63
John A.D. 85
Acts A.D. 63
Romans A.D. 57
1 Corinthians A.D. 55
2 Corinthians A.D. 55
Galatians A.D. 50
Ephesians A.D. 60
Philippians A.D. 61
Colossians A. D. 60
1 Thessalonians A.D. 51
2 Thessalonians A.D. 51 or 52
1 Timothy A.D. 64
2 Timothy A.D. 66
Titus A.D. 64
Philemon A.D. 64
Hebrews A.D. 70
James A.D. 50
1 Peter A.D. 64
2 Peter A.D. 66
1 John A.D. 90
2 John A.d. 90
3 John A.D. 90
Jude A.D. 65
Revelation A.D. 95

All 27 books of the New Testament were Scripture when they were written. They did not have wait until they were canonized before they became God’s word to mankind.

Jesus told the eleven disciples make disciples and teach them all that He commanded. (Matthew 28:16-19) That was A.D. 33, They were teaching New Covenant Scripture from A.D. 33 forward. The apostles did not wait to preach the gospel until canonization occurred 300 to 400 years later.



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