What are 5 surprising Bible facts that most people might not know about? What is one that you might include?
The Oldest Book in the Bible
According to the best biblical scholarship, the Book of Genesis is not the oldest book in the Bible but it is actually the Book of Job. Job refers to some of the patriarchs and Abraham’s descendants and relatives by name and so predates Moses. Even though the Book of Job is the oldest book in the Bible, we don’t know who the author actually is because he is not identified.
Do Not Be Afraid is Mentioned 365 Times
I don’t believe it is any accident that the phrase “Do not be afraid” is mentioned 365 times. That gives us one for every day of the year.
The Bible is the Best Seller and First Book Ever Printed
We know that the Bible is the bestselling book in all of human history but it also has the honor of being the first book ever printed and has been translated into 1200 different languages.
The Bible Originally Had No Chapters and Verses
In 1228 Stephen Langton divided the Old Testament into chapters and was divided into verses by R. Nathan in 1488. Robert Stephanus divided the New Testament into chapters and verses in 1551. Could you imagine trying to find a verse without chapters or verses?
The First Printed Bible With Chapters and Verses
The very first Bible ever printed using chapters and verses was not the King James Bible…it was the Geneva Bible which was first printed in 1560 and it is the same Bible that the Pilgrims brought over on the Mayflower and still popular among Bible students, scholars, theologians, and pastors today.
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