Facts About the Bible You Didn’t Know!
Trying to guess what interesting Bible facts you are looking for isn’t easy. A lot of people spend a lot of time compiling data, slicing and dicing Bible information, and analyzing the facts. There are a lot of Bible facts out there in a variety of forms.
The interesting Bible facts below comprise only a short list of what is out there. We start by listing a few unusual events and anomalies recorded in the Bible.
Old Testament Interesting Bible Facts
Shortest and longest
Shortest book: Obadiah.
Longest book: Psalms.
The shortest verse in the Old Testament is 1 Chr. 1:25.
The longest verse in the Old Testament is Esther 8:9, (89 words, 425 letters).
Unusual things recorded in the Bible
Methuselah who lived to be 969 years old, Gen. 5:27
Man was spoken to by a donkey, Num. 22:28-30
A bed measuring 13 and 1/2 feet in length and 6 feet in width, Deut. 3:11
Women who shaved their heads before they married, Deut. 21:11-13
The sun standing still for a whole day, Josh. 10:13
An army with 700 left-handed men, Judges 20:16
A man whose hair weighed about 6 pounds when it was cut annually, 2 Sam. 14:26
A man who had 12 fingers and 12 toes, 2 Sam. 21:20
Man had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines 1 Kings. 11:3
A father who had eighty-eight children, 2 Chr. 11:21
Army of 185,000 destroyed in one night, Isa. 37:36
A man whose life was increased by fifteen years in answer to prayer, Isa. 38:1-5
A day the sun went backward, Is 38:8
A prostitute who was an ancestor of Christ, Matt. 1:5
Interesting Bible fact about the book of Isaiah
The layout of Isaiah is almost exactly that of the entire Bible itself:
The Bible has sixty-six books; Isaiah has sixty-six chapters.
The Old Testament has thirty-nine books; the first section of Isaiah has thirty-nine chapters.
The New Testament has twenty-seven books; the last section of Isaiah has twenty-seven chapters.
The Old Testament covers the history and sin of Israel, as does Isaiah 1-39.
The New Testament describes the person and ministry of Christ, as does Isaiah 40-66.
The New Testament begins with the ministry of John the Baptist. The second section in Isaiah (chapter 40) begins by predicting this ministry.
The New Testament ends by referring to the new heavens and the new earth. Isaiah ends his book by describing the same things. (Compare Isa. 66:22 with Rev. 21:1-3.)
New Testament Facts
Shortest and longest
Longest chapter: Luke 1
Shortest and longest books
Shortest book: 3 John, counting words OR 2 John, counting verses
Longest book: Luke
The shortest verse is John 11:35
The longest verse is Revelation 20:4, with 68 words
Bible Printing Errors Throughout the Years
The “Placemakers” Bible The second edition of the Geneva Bible, published in 1562 has been given the name the “Placemakers” Bible because it printed: “Blessed are the placemakers” instead of “peacemakers” in Matthew 5:9.
The “Wicked” Bible In a 1631 edition of the King James Bible, in Exodus 20 verse 14, the word “not” was left out. This changed the 7th commandment to read, “Thou shalt commit adultery.” Most of the copies were recalled immediately and destroyed on the orders of Charles I. But there are 11 copies still remaining. They are known as the “Wicked” Bible. The Bible museum in Branson, Missouri, has one copy of the “Wicked Bible”. Fortunately for this interesting Bible fact the printer was fined heavily for his mistake.
The “Sin On” Bible In the 1716 King James Version John 8:11 should read: “Go, and sin no more.” However, the printer accidentally inverted the “n” and the “o” in the word “on,” so it read, “Go and sin on more.”
The “Fool” Bible The printer of the 1763 KJV was ordered to pay £3,000 for his inadvertent printer’s error which he made in Psalm 14:1. There he printed: “the fool hath said in his heart there is a God,” instead of: “the fool hath said in his heart there is no God.” As soon as this error was spotted all copies of this Bible were suppressed.
Bible Printing Accomplishments
The Gutenberg Bible The first book that Johannes Gutenberg printed in 1454 was the Bible. It is thought that he printed about 180 copies, known as the 42-line Bible, of which significant parts of 48 copies still survive. Gutenberg did not make any printing errors.
The Thumb Bible The Thumb Bible, printed in 1670, was one inch square and half an inch thick. It could be read only with a magnifying glass.
The ten Old Testament books most referred to in the New Testament
1. Isaiah: referred to 419 times in twenty-three New Testament books.
2. Psalms: referred to 414 times in twenty-three New Testament books.
3. Genesis: referred to 260 times in twenty-one New Testament books.
4. Exodus: referred to 250 times in nineteen New Testament books.
5. Deuteronomy: referred to 208 times in twenty-one New Testament books.
6. Ezekiel: referred to 141 times in fifteen New Testament books.
7. Daniel: referred to 133 times in seventeen New Testament books.
8. Jeremiah: referred to 125 times in seventeen New Testament books.
9. Leviticus: referred to 107 times in fifteen New Testament books.
10. Numbers: referred to 73 times in four New Testament books.
Most mentioned humans in the Bible
An interesting Bible fact regarding humans mentioned in the Bible is that David is mentioned more time than Jesus!
David is mentioned 1118 times
Moses is mentioned 740 times**
Aaron is mentioned 339 times
Saul is mentioned 338 times
Abraham is mentioned 306 times
Solomon is mentioned 295 times
Jacob is mentioned 270 times
Joseph is mentioned 208 times
Joshua is mentioned 197 times
Paul is mentioned 185 times
Peter is mentioned 166 times
Joab is mentioned 137 times
Jeremiah is mentioned 136 times
Samuel is mentioned 135 times
Isaac is mentioned 127 times
**Note: The second most commonly occurring name in the Bible is “Jesus”, which occurs 973 times.
The ten most frequently mentioned women in the Bible
Sarah, Abraham’s wife, 57 times
Rachel, Jacob’s second wife, 47 times
Leah, Jacob’s first wife, 34 times
Rebekah, Isaac’s wife, 31 times
Jezebel, wicked queen, 23 times
Mary, Jesus’ mother, 19 times
Abigail, 15 times
Miriam, 15 times
Mary Magdalene, 14 times
Hagar, Abraham’s concubine 14 times
Eve, is mentioned only 4 times
Today’s common expressions derived from the Bible
The fat of the land (Genesis 45:18)
The skin of my teeth (Job 19:20)
At their wit’s end (Psalm 107:27)
A soft answer (Proverbs 15:1)
A thorn in the flesh (2 Corinthians 12:7)
Labor of love (1 Thessalonians 1:3; Hebrews 6:10)
The root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10)
Clear as crystal (Revelation 21:11; 22:1)
These interesting Bible facts were taken from Encyclopedia of Bible Facts found in Quickverse from FindEx.com. Download a copy of the software to see these facts and MANY MANY more. The software was given to me as a Christmas present, and has been an excellent resource for Biblical research.