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facts about the Bible

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Most of this information is generally agreed upon by Bible scholars. However, some of these statments are the subject of debate.

> Number of books in the HEbrew Bible: 24. These books are traditionally categorized under three headings: TORAH (or Law), PROPHETS, and WRITINGS.

> Number of books in the Protestant version of the Old Testament: 39

> Number of books in the Catholic version of the Old Testament: 39 + seven books of Apocrypha.

> The Bible was not a single book but a collection of scrolls or stacks of volumes until the fourth century A.D.

> The Bible was divided in the 16th century, long after the printing of the first Bible, into the chapters and verses we use today.

> Number of chapters in the 39 books of the Old Testament: 929; verses: 23, 314; words: 593,493.

> Number of books in the New Testament: 27; chapter:260; verses: 7,959; words: 181,253

> Shortest book in the Old Testament: the book of Obadia.

> Shortest book in the New Testament: 2John. Shortest verse: John 11:35 - "Jesus Wept."

> The longest verse of the Bible (Old and New Testaments): Esther 8:9, consisting of 90 words describing the Persian Empire.

> Middle verse of the Bible (Old and NEw Testaments): Psalm 118:8 "It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in man."

> Oldest verses in the Bible: fragments of "The Song of Deborah

> Newest verses: Gospel of John, dating from around 100 A.D.

> The name Yahweh or Lord appears in the Bible 855 times.

> The name Jesus appears 700 times in the Gospels and Acts, fewer than 70 times in the Epistles. The name Christ occurs 60 times in Gospels and Acts, 240 times in Epistles and Revelation.

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