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Fast Facts on the Bible as a Whole

The Christian Bible consists of the Old Testament (OT) and New Testament (NT)
"Bible" comes from Latin biblia, meaning "books"
The word "testament" means "covenant"
The Bible has 66 books
The Bible was written by many different authors writing in many different times
and places
The Bible was written from about 1450 BC to 100 AD
The Bible contains many literary genres - poetry, myth, wisdom literature,
prophecy, letters, narratives
The Bible was the first book to be printed, in 1454
Miles Coverdale published the first English translation of the entire Bible in
The Bible has been translated into over 2,000 languages
The longest book in the Bible is Psalms
The shortest book in the Bible is 2 John
The longest verse in the Bible is Esther 8:9
The shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35
Fast Facts about the Old Testament
The OT is nearly the same as the Jewish Tanakh
The OT was originally written in Hebrew
The OT has 39 books
The names of OT books in Hebrew are based on the first prominent word or phrase in
that book
The names of OT books in Greek (and English) are based on the general topic of the
The books of the OT are: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua,
Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther,
Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah,
Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum,
Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.
The first five books of the OT (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and
Deuteronomy) are known as the Five Books of Moses, the Pentateuch, or the Torah.
They are traditionally held to have been written by Moses, but modern scholars
have proposed that there were four or five authors.
The book of Esther is the only book of the Bible that never mentions God
Fast Facts about the New Testament
The NT was originally written in Greek
The writers of the NT used a Greek translation of the OT known as the Septuagint
The NT has 27 books
The NT is about the same size as the Qur'an
The books of the NT are: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2
Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1
& 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2 & 3 John, Jude,
Bible Facts and Trivia

The Bible has been translated, in whole or in part, into more than 1,100 languages
and dialects.

About 30,000,000 copies of the complete text of the Bible, or of its principle
parts, are distributed annually.

The first book printed with movable metal type was the Gutenberg Bible, printed by
Johannes Gutenberg, before August 15, 1456, in Mainz, Germany.

The first printed Bible divided into verses was a Latin edition by Pagninus,
printed in 1528.
The first complete English version of the Bible divided into verses was the Geneva
Bible, printed in 1560.

The Bible was written by some 50 men, only one of whom (Luke) was a Gentile.

Statistics: (King James Version)

Old Testament New Testament Total (OT & NT)

Books 39 27 66
Chapters 929 260 1189
Verses 23,214 7959 31,173
Words 592,439 181,253 773,692
Letters 2,728,100 838,380 3,566,480

Shortest book: 2 John (13 verses)

Longest book: Psalms (150 chapters)

Shortest chapter: Psalm 117

Longest chapter: Psalm 119

Shortest verse: John 11:35

Longest verse: Esther 8:9

Middle verse: Psalm 97:8

Longest word: Maher-shalal-hash-baz (Isaiah 8:1)

Similar chapters are 2 Kings 19 and Isaiah 37

Verse containing all letters except J: Ezra 7:21

Verse containing all letters except Q: Daniel 4:37

The word "God" appears in every book of the Bible except Esther and Song of
Bible Facts – Miscellaneous Facts
Various passages which speak of Jesus Christ as God – John 1:1, John 20:28, Romans
9:5, Philippians 2:11, and Colossians 1:16.
Various passages which speak of Jesus Christ's humanity – John 1:14, Luke 2:7,
Luke 2:40, Luke 8:23, John 4:6 and Hebrews 4:15.
Various passages which speak of Jesus name alone used in baptism- Acts 2:38, Acts
10:36-48, Galatians 3:27, Romans 6:4, and Colossians 3:17.