Twelve Things You May Not Know About the Bible

  1. The Bible simply means the book.
  2. The Bible is divided into two main sections, the Old and the New Testament. The word testament means covenant. Therefore, the Bible is split into two parts, one detailing the old covenant between God and His people and the other the new.
  3. The Bible, though published as one book, is filled with sixty-six separate pieces of writings including narratives, poetry, songs, letters and more.
  4. The writings of the Bible were written over an estimated 1600 year span by roughly forty men, ranging from 1500 BCE until 100 CE.
  5. The first English translation of the Bible was finished in 1382 CE by John Wycliffe.
  6. The first printed Bible was completed in 1454 CE by Johannes Gutenberg.
  7. Chapters weren’t introduced to the Bible until 1238 CE by Cardinal Hugo de S. Caro. Verses, then, were not added until 1551 CE by Robertus Stephanus.
  8. The Bible has been translated in its entirety into roughly 500 languages. Also, more than 2,000 languages have at least one book of the Bible translated into their language.
  9. The Bible is the best selling book of all-time, selling an estimated 5 billion copies.
  10. The Bible is known to be the most shoplifted book in the world.
  11. The King James Version of the Bible had many flaws, altering numerous key words (Acts 12:4) as well as adding phrases (1 John 5:7) that were not included in original manuscripts.
  12. Approximately 257 idioms of the KJV translation have become a common part of the English language.
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