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Bible Fun Facts

The Bible is made up of 66 books:
  • 39 from the Old Testament
  • 27 from the New.

The Old Testament

The Old Testament has thirty-nine books
(Memory help: there are three letters in the word “old” and nine in the word ”testament”= 39).

The first five are called the Pentateuch, and most attribute them to Moses. They are:
  • Genesis (Creation through the life of Joseph)
  • Exodus (The Israelites leaving Egypt and traveling to the promised land)
  • Leviticus (Various laws given by God)
  • Numbers (The numbering of Israel and various laws)
  • Deuteronomy (Various Laws)
The next twelve are the books of history. They are:
  • Joshua (written by Joshua telling of Israel's conquering of the promised land)
  • Judges (The history of Israel under the rule of judges, from Joshua to Samuel)
  • Ruth (A romance story)
  • 1 Samuel (The birth of Samuel, crowning of Saul as first king)
  • 2 Samuel (The story of David and Saul)
  • 1Kings (The history of Judah from Solomon to the captivity)
  • 2 Kings
  • 1 Chronicles (The history of Israel from Solomon to the captivity)
  • 2 Chronicles
  • Ezra (Israel returns to Jerusalem)
  • Nehemiah
  • Ester (A story of God’s provision)
Then come the books of poetry:
  • Job
  • Psalms
  • Proverbs
  • Ecclesiastics
  • Song of Songs (or Solomon)

The Major Prophets (each written by the man the book is named after):
  • Isaiah (Tells of the coming destruction of many countries as well as the ending history of Judah)
  • Jeremiah (Tells of the coming destruction of Judah and of its actual end)
  • Lamentations (written by Jeremiah to morn the death of the king)
  • Ezekiel (many prophecies from the end of Judah to the coming of Christ)
  • Daniel (the story of the captivity and prophecies concerning the rest of the history of the Israelite people).
And the Minor Prophets (each written by the man the book is named after):
  • Hosea
  • Joel
  • Amos
  • Obadiah
  • Jonah
  • Micah
  • Nahum
  • Habakkuk
  • Zephaniah
  • Haggai
  • Zachariah
  • Malachi

 

The New Testament

Food for the Soul has no Calories

The New Testament has twenty-seven books
(Memory help: three letters in the word “new” times nine letters in the word “testament” equals twenty-seven.)

The first four books are about the life of Christ, are named after the authors and are called the Gospels:
  • Matthew
  • Mark
  • Luke
  • John
The one book of History:
  • Acts (The history of the early church)
The Pauline (written by Paul) epistles (letters):
  • Romans (written to the church at Rome)
  • 1 Corinthians (written to the church at Corinth)
  • 2 Corinthians
  • Galatians (written to the church at Galatia)
  • Ephesians (written to the church at Ephesus)
  • Philippians (written to the church at Philippi)
  • Colossians (written to the church at Colossi
(The Five T’s)
  • 1 Thessalonians (written to the church at Thessalonica)
  • 2 Thessalonians
  • 1 Timothy (written to his apprentice Timothy)
  • 2 Timothy
  • Titus (written to his friend Titus)
  • Philemon (written to his friend Philemon)
  • Hebrews (We don't know for sure who wrote this book. It may have been Paul or it may have been one of several other ministers in the early church. It was written to Hebrews still in Jerusalem.)
The non-Pauline epistles (named after the authors):
  • James
  • 1 Peter
  • 2 Peter
  • 1 John
  • 2 John
  • 3 John
  • Jude
One book of Prophecy (written by Jesus' disciple John):
  • Revelation (foretelling the church age)

 

 

Fun Facts

The longest book of the Bible is Psalms-150 chapters.

The shortest book of the Bible is 2 John with one chapter, 13 verses.

The longest chapter of the Bible is Psalms 119 with 150 verses.

The shortest chapter of the Bible is Psalms 117 with 2 verses. This is also the middle chapter of the bible.

The middle verse of the Bible is Psalms 118:8.

The shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35-"Jesus wept."

The longest verse is Ester 8:9 containing 90 words.


The Bible Contains:
  • 3,566,480 letters
  • 773,693 words
  • 31,102 verses
  • 1,189 chapters: 250 in the new, and 939 in the old

The word “and” appears 46,277 times.

Reverend appears once.

“Lord” appears 1,855 times.

The longest word is : Mahershalalhashbaz. It is found in Isaiah 8:1 and has 18 letters.

The 21 verse of Ezra 7 contains all the letters of the alphabet except J.

Ester has no mention God.

Verses 8, 15, 21, and 31 in Psalms 107 are alike.

Every verse in Psalms 136 ends the same.

The 19th chapter of 2 Kings and Isaiah 37 are almost identical.

There are Over 200 direct quotes in the New Testament from the Old Testament.

The first Bible printed is this country was in 1663 in the Iroquois language.