The Bible

Facts You Might Not Know About The Bible

The shortest verse in the Bible consists of two words: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35).

The King James version of the Bible has 50 authors, 66 books, 1,189 chapters, and 21,173 verses.

Studies of the Dead Sea Scrolls indicate that the passage in the Bible known as the Sermon on the Mount is actually an ancient Essene prayer dating to hundreds of years before the birth of Christ.

The American Bible Association has published almost a billion Bibles since it was founded in 1816.

Two chapters in the Bible, 2 kings 19 and Isaiah 37, are alike almost word for word.

In the history of printing, several early English Bibles are famous not so much for their workmanship or their beauty as for their textual idiosyncrasies. A few famous examples, much sought after by rare-Bible collectors, are:

  • The Breeches Bible (1560)--so named because it states that Adam and Eve “sewed fig tree leaves together and made themselves breeches.”
  • The Bug Bible (1551)--so named because of an incorrect translation of a line in the Ninety-first Psalm. The line “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night” reads “Thou shalt not be afraid of any buggies by night.”
  • The Treacle Bible (1568)--so named because it uses the word “treacle” for “balm” in the line”Is there no balm in Gilead?”

The Lord's Prayer appears twice in the Bible, in Matthew VI and Luke XI.