Friday, August 22, 2008

Our Bible

Its central theme is the work and person of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Son of Man. I Timothy 3:16 John 1:1-3 Colossians 1:15-19

Although written under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost by over 40 different men covering a period of nearly 1,600 years, it displays a remarkable cohesion and unity that is unparalleled by any other religious writing.

It contains 66 Books – 39 in the Old Testament (OT) and 27 in the New Testament (NT).

There are 1,189 chapters in our Bible – 929 in the OT and 260 in the NT.

There are 31,102 verses – 23,145 in the OT and 7,957 in the NT.

There are 788,280 words – 609,269 in the OT and 179,011 in the NT.

There are over 3.5 million letters in the Bible.

The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119 (176 verses, 2426 words – 4 full pages).

The shortest chapter is Psalm 117 (2 verses, 33 words).

The longest verse in the Bible is Esther 8:9 (90 words); the shortest verse is

John 11:35 (2 words). I Thessalonians 5:16 also has 2 words, “Rejoice evermore.”

The two middle books in the Bible are Micah and Nahum.

The middle chapter in the Bible is Psalm 117.

The two middle verses in the Bible are Psalm 103:1, 2.

Although the autographs (original writings) are no longer in existence, there remain over 5,000 manuscripts of the Bible in the form of copies, scraps of copies, Jewish scrolls and early translations into other languages. There are thousands of early letters, books, sermons and commentaries containing quotations from scripture. Most of these translations, copies, sermons, etc., were produced before the year 300 AD. If all the Bibles in the world were destroyed, there are enough reliable manuscripts to completely reproduce the Holy Scriptures with an accuracy rate of 99.5%. Most of the errors (if any were found) would be in spelling or punctuation. This accuracy and authenticity is unmatched by any other book in the world!

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