What does 'Bible' mean?
The word Bible basically means "collection of books".
How did we get the Bible?
God inspired many different people to write down His words into 66 individual books. During the centuries following Jesus' ascension into Heaven, these were collected together to form the Bible.
Facts about the Bible:
- The Christian Bible consists of the Old Testament (OT) and New Testament (NT)
- "Bible" comes from Latin biblia, meaning "books"
- The word "testament" means "covenant"
- The Bible has 66 books
- The Bible was written by over 40 different authors in many different times and places
- The Bible was written from about 1450 BC to 100 AD
- The Bible contains many literary genres - poetry, wisdom, prophecy, letters, narratives
- The Bible was the first book to be printed, in 1454
- Miles Coverdale published the first English translation of the entire Bible in 1535
- The Bible has been translated into over 2,000 languages
- The longest book in the Bible is Psalms
- The shortest book in the Bible is 2 John
- The longest verse in the Bible is Esther 8:9
- The shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35
- The OT is almost identical to the Jewish Tanakh
- The OT was originally written in Hebrew; there is a very small amount of Aramiac as well
- The OT has 39 books
- The book of Esther is the only book of the Bible that never mentions God
- The NT was originally written in Greek
- The writers of the NT used a Greek translation of the OT known as the Septuagint
- The NT has 27 books
- The NT is about the same size as the Qur'an
Pentateuch - 5 books
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
Historical Books - 12 books
Joshua, Judges, Ruth, First Samuel, Second Samuel, First Kings, Second Kings,
First Chronicles, Second Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther.
Poetry - 5 books
Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon
Prophetical - 17 books
Major Prophets - Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel
Minor Prophets - Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
Historical Books - 5 books
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts
Pauline Epistles (Written by the Apostle Paul) - 13 books
Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians,
1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians. 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon
Non-Pauline Epistles (Written by other authors) - 9 books
Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, Revelation