10 Interesting Facts About The Bible

“The Bible” was not originally known by that name. The English name “Bible,” given to the collection of inspired books we read today, was originally called “The Divine Library” by Saint Jerome, a Latin Christian historian and theologian in the 4th Century.

Here are some more interesting facts about the Bible:

1. The English word “Bible” comes from the Greek words “Biblios” (the inner bark of the papyrus, a sheet or scroll of writing on which early writings were inscribed) and “Biblion” (a small book, scroll, or written document).

2. The Bible was written in three languages—Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek—from at least two continents (Europe and Asia), over a period spanning 16 centuries (approximately 1500 B.C. to A.D. 100).

3. 40 authors contributed to the Bible. They included kings, peasants, prophets, philosophers, fishermen, poets, statesmen, and scholars.

4. The Bible is about 611,000 words long.

5. The shortest book in the New testament is 3rd John with a total of 219 words. In the Old Testament, the shortest book is Obadiah with 440 words.

6. The longest book in the Bible (with the most chapters) is the book of Psalms.

7. The shortest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 117 with only two verses. The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119 with 176 verses.

8. There are at least 185 songs in the Bible.

9. “Mahershalalhashbaz” is the longest word in the Bible, and it’s in Isaiah 8:3.

10. “Amen” is the very last word in the Bible, and it means “So be it.” 

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