This week we are going to go a little lighter than normal and we are going to look at my top 10 “Did you knows” about the Bible.
Number one, it took over 1,000 years to complete the Old Testament. From around 1446 BC to about 430 BC.
Number two, contrary to the majority of Bibles today, the first Bibles didn’t have chapters or verses. A lot of them were just letters, which is also why I always suggest studying entire books instead of picking random verses out.
Speaking of Bibles, the smallest Bible is smaller than the tip of a pen.
Number four, the Bible is made up of about 40 different authors in total.
And there are over 6,000 prophecies throughout scripture and there were hundred of prophecies about Jesus’ first coming that all came true during his time on earth. And there’s far more prophecies for his second coming, which is pretty cool.
Number six, the world’s most “stolen book” is actually the Bible.
And number 7, the Bible has sold more copies than any other book in history. Since there are so many translations and printings, it’s estimated to have 5 billion copies in print. It’s been translated into 349 languages and 2,123 languages have at least one book of the Bible in that language, according to Guinness World Records. Whoah.
For number 8, Amen is the last word of the Bible. It’s done. It’s complete. We consider the Bible to be a closed canon, which means no books or letters can be added to it.
Number 9, the shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35, which says, “Jesus wept”. I love that because so simply it shows the human side of Jesus and I know it’s comforting for a lot of us to know Jesus dealt with the same feelings we may be going through.
And lastly, number 10, I love this one, there are a total of 365 verses that tell us not to fear. That could be broken down to every day of the year. Pretty cool. So no matter what you’re going through, chase after God’s promises for your life, because he wants you to thrive.