Saturday, July 09, 2005

Interesting Facts

....about the bible:

Total Chapters in the Bible -- 1189.
Centre Chapter -- Psalms 118.
Chapters before Psalm 118 -- 594 Chapters.
Chapters after Psalm 118 -- 594 Chapters.
Add the Chapters up --1188 (594+594)+1(Centre Chapter)=1189.
Centre Verse -- Psalms 118:8.
Psalm 118:8 -- It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

BIBLE FACTS:
The system of chapters was introduced in A.D. 1238 by Cardinal Hugo de S. Caro, while the verse notations were added in 1551 by Robertus Stephanus, after the advent of printing.

A Bible in the University of Gottingen is written on 2,470 palm leaves.

According to statistics from Wycliffe International, the Society of Gideons, and the International Bible Society, the number of new Bibles that are sold, given away, or otherwise distributed in the United States is about 168,000 per day.

The Bible can be read aloud in 70 hours.

There are 8,674 different Hebrew words in the Bible, 5,624 different Greek words, and 12,143 different English words in the King James Version.

A number of verses in the Bible (KJV) contain all but 1 letter of the alphabet:
Ezra 7:21 contains all but the letter J
Joshua 7:24, 1 Kings 1:9, 1 Chronicles 12:40, 2 Chronicles 36:10,Ezekiel 28:13, Daniel 4:37, and Haggai 1:1 contain all but q;
2 Kings16:15 and 1 Chronicles 4:10 contain all but ZGalatians 1:14 contains all but K

The 8th, 15th, 21st, and 31st verses of the 107th Psalm are alike.

Each verse of the 136th Psalm ends alike.

The 37th chapter of Isaiah and the 19th chapter of II Kings are alike.

The name of God is not mentioned in the Book of Esther.

BIBLE STATISTICS:
Number of promises given in the Bible: 1,260
Commands: 6,468
Predictions: over 8,000
Fulfilled prophecy: 3,268 verses
Unfulfilled prophecy: 3,140
Number of questions: 3,294
Longest name: Mahershalalhashbaz (Isaiah 8:1)
Longest verse: Esther 8:9 (78 words)
Shortest verse: John 11:35 (2 words: "Jesus wept").
Shortest chapter (by number of words): Psalm 117
Longest book: Psalms (150 chapters)
Shortest book (by number of words): 3 John
Longest chapter: Psalm 119 (176 verses)
Number of times the word "God" appears: 3,358 ((this isn't accountingfor "Adonai", "YHWH", and "Elohim" -- Matt))
Number of times the word "Lord" appears: 7,736 ((same here))
Number of different authors: 40
Number of languages the Bible has been translated into: over 1,200

OLD TESTAMENT STATISTICS:
Number of books: 39
Chapters: 929
Verses: 23,114
Words: 602,585
Letters: 2,278,100
Middle book: Proverbs
Middle chapter: Job 20
Middle verses: 2 Chronicles 20:17,18
Smallest book: Obadiah
Shortest verse: 1 Chronicles 1:25
Longest verse: Esther 8:9
Longest chapter: Psalms 119
Largest book: Psalms

NEW TESTAMENT STATISTICS:
Number of books: 27
Chapters: 260
Verses: 7,957
Words: 180,552
Letters: 838,380
Middle book: 2 Thessalonians
Middle chapters: Romans 8, 9
Middle verse: Acts 27:17
Smallest book: 3 John
Shortest verse: John 11:35
Longest verse: Revelation 20:4
Longest chapter: Luke 1
Largest book: Luke

Beliefs
* In 2005 45% of all adults agreed strongly that the Bible istotally accurate in all of its teachings compared with 42% in 2002 and35% in 1991.
* 11% of born again Christians disagree that "the Bible is totallyaccurate in all of its teachings." (2005)
* A majority of both women (66%) and men (59%) believe that theBible is totally accurate in all of its teachings. (2005)
* Belief that the Bible is totally accurate in all of itsteachings by generation: Mosaics 64%, Busters 62%, Boomers 61%, Elders65%. (2005)
* 54% of those who attended high school or less believe that theBible is totally accurate in all of its teachings compared with 35% ofthose who have graduated from college. (2005)
* 36% of adults living in the Northeast strongly affirm that thebible is accurate in all of its teachings versus 59% of those in theSouth. (2005)
* Blacks (80%) are the group most likely to believe that the Bibleis totally accurate in all of its teachings compared with 67% ofHispanics, 60% of whites and 44% of Asians. (2005)
* A strong majority of Republicans (72%) and Democrats (64%)believe that the bible is totally accurate in all of its teachings.(2004) Knowledge
* Three-quarters of Americans (75%) believe that the Bible teaches that God helps those who help themselves. (2000) Readership
* Bible Reading During A Typical Week By Year 1988- 36%; 1991-45%; 1992- 47%; 1993- 34%; 1994- 37%; 1995-31% ; 1996 34% 1997-36%;1999- 34%; 2000- 40%; 2001 - 37% 2002-42%; 2004-44%; 2005-45%
* 88% of evangelical Christians have read the Bible in the pastseven days. (2005)
* Women (50%) are more likely than are men (39%) to have read theBible in the past week. (2005) Women 2002-46%; 2000- 46%; 1997-38%;1993-40%; Men-2002-37%; 2000-35%; 1997-34%; 1993-28%
* Nearly seven out of ten born again Christians (67%) have readthe Bible in the past week, compared to 34% of those who adhere to anon-Christian faith. (2004)
* 59% of Protestants have read the Bible in the past week versus28% of Catholics (25%) (2004)
* Bible reading during a typical week drops as age drops: 53% ofElders (Builders and Seniors); 47% of Boomers; and 39% of Busters and33% of Mosaics read the Bible in a typical week. (2005)
* An estimated 75 million adults (42%) said that reading the Bibleis very important to them. (1997)
* Blacks (64%) are the ethnic group most likely to have read theBible in the past week, follwed by Hispanics (38%), whites (44%), andAsians (25%). (2005)
* Bible reading by adults during the week by region-Northeast 34%;South 52%; Midwest 42%; West 47%. (2005)
* The percent of adults in California, Oregon, and Washington thatread the Bible during the past week (other than while at church), hasrisen from 29% in 1994 to 44% in 2004. (
from http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=Topic&TopicID=7)

10 Old Testament Books Most Referred to in the New Testament
* Isaiah, referred to 419 times in 23 New Testament books
* Psalms, 414 times in 23 books
* Genesis, 260 times in 21 books
* Exodus, 250 times in 19 books
* Deuteronomy, 208 times in 21 books
* Ezekiel, 141 times in 15 books
* Daniel, 133 times in 17 books
* Jeremiah, 125 times in 17 books
* Leviticus, 107 times in 15 books
* Numbers, 73 times in 4 books

10 New Testament Books Containing Material from the Greatest Number of Old Testament Books
* Revelation, material from 32 Old Testament Books
* Luke, 31
* John, 26
* Acts, 25
* Mark, 24
* Romans, 23
* Hebrews, 21
* 1 Corinthians, 18
* James, 17
* 1 Peter,

15 Most Mentioned Men in the Bible
* David, mentioned 1118 times
* Moses, 740
* Aaron, 339
* Saul, 338
* Abraham, 306
* Soloman, 295
* Jacob, 270
* Joseph, 208
* Joshua, 197
* Paul, 185
* Peter, 166
* Joab, 137
* Jeremiah, 136
* Samuel, 135
* Isaac, 127
* Jesus, of course, is mentioned more than anyone else in the Scriptures

10 Old Testament Verses Most Frequently Cited in the New Testament
* Psalm 110:1 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my righthand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. - quoted 18 times
* Matt. 22:44, 26:64, Mark 12:36, 14:62, 16:19, Luke 20:42-43,22:69, Acts 2:34-35, Rom. 8:34, 1 Cor. 15:25, Eph. 1:20, Col. 3:1,Heb.1:3, 13, 8:1, 10:12-13, 12:2
* Ezekiel 1:26-28 And above the firmament that was over theirheads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphirestone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as theappearance of a man above upon it. 27 And I saw as the colour ofamber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from theappearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of hisloins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and ithad brightness round about. 28 As the appearance of the bow that is inthe cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightnessround about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory ofthe LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voiceof one that spake. - quoted 12 times
* Rev. 4:2-3, 9-10; 5:1, 7, 13; 6:16, 7:10, 15, 19:14, 21:5
* Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the greatprince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shallbe a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation evento that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered,every one that shall be found written in the book. - quoted 11 times
* Matt. 24:21, Mark 13:19, Phil. 4:3, Jude 9, Rev. 3:5, 7:14,12:7, 13:8, 16:18, 17:18, 20:12
* Isaiah 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lordsitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled thetemple. - quoted 11 times
* Rev. 4:2, 9-10, 5:1, 7, 13, 6:16, 7:10, 15, 19:4, 21:5
* 2 Chronicles 18:18 Again he said, Therefore hear the word of theLORD; I saw the LORD sitting upon his throne, and all the host ofheaven standing on his right hand and on his left.; Psalms 47:8 Godreigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of hisholiness. ; and 1 Kings 22:19 And he said, Hear thou therefore theword of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all thehost of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. -each quoted 11 times * Rev. 4:2, 9-10, 5:1, 7, 13, 6:16, 7:10, 15, 19:4, 21:5
* Psalms 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said untome, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. - quoted 10 times
* Matt. 3:17, 17:5, Mark 1:11, 9:7, Luke 1:49, Acts 13:33,Heb.1:5, 5:5
* Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet heopened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and asa sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. -quoted 10 times
* Matt. 26:63, Mark 27:12, 14, Mark 14:60-61, 15:4-5, 1Cor. 5:7, 1Peter 2:23, Rev. 5:6, 12, 13:8
* Amos 3:13 Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob, saith theLord GOD, the God of hosts, - quoted 10 times
* Rev. 1:8, 4:8, 13, 11:17, 15:3, 16:7, 14, 19:6, 15, 21:22
* Amos 4:13 For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createththe wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh themorning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, TheLORD, The God of hosts, is his name. - quoted 10 times
* 2 Cor. 6:18, Rev. 1:8, 4:8, 11:17, 15:3, 16:7, 14, 19:6, 15, 21:22
* Leviticus 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudgeagainst the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbouras thyself: I am the LORD. - quoted 10 times
* Matt. 5:43, 19:19, 22:39, Mark 12.31, 33, Luke 10:27, Rom.12:19, 13:19, Gal. 5:14, James 2:8 (from http://www.havenfwbchurch.org/biblstat.htm)

Of the 6,809 languages on earth… (as of December 2003)
405 Languages with adequate whole Bible
1034 Languages with adequate New Testament
864 Languages with at least one book of Scripture
1,410 Translation programs in progress
4,147 Languages with no Scriptures
(from http://www.wycliffe.org/language/statistics.htm)

Probably more than you ever wanted to know! These were posted on the Bible Principles e-mail list by Dana, although she went back to say the the first part did not work in her bible and that she found out that it only works on one version. Just thought this was kinda interesting!

1 comment:

momy4him said...

wow trish! those are some amazing facts! some of which, makes me realize, that if i'm going to be awake at 4am, i should be reading my bible and not blogs!