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The following list is a list of facts about the Bible not designed to discuss doctrine, or provide in-depth teaching. It is merely a resource center for factual information on the Bible. Many of these questions have been addressed in various locations throughout my website; however, as many people do not have the time to comb through the entire website to find the answers they are looking for, I’ve compiled the following list just for a little fun and light reading. Enjoy!

Universal Truths & Facts About the Bible

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1. How many books are in the Bible? The Bible contains 66 books, divided among the Old and New Testaments.

2. How many books are in the Old Testament? There are 39 books in the Old Testament.

3. How many books are in the New Testament? There are 27 books in the New Testament.

4. What does “testament” mean? Testament means “covenant” or “contract.”

5. Who wrote the Bible? The Bible was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit by over 40 different authors from all walks of life: shepherds, farmers, tent-makers, physicians, fishermen, priests, philosophers and kings. Despite these differences in occupation and the span of years it took to write it, the Bible is an extremely cohesive and unified book.

6. Which single author contributed the most books to the Old Testament? Moses. He wrote the first five books of the Bible, referred to as the Pentateuch; the foundation of the Bible.

7. Which single author contributed the most books to the New Testament? The Apostle Paul, who wrote 14 books (over half) of the New Testament.

8. When was the Bible written? It was written over a period of some 1,500 years, from around 1450 B.C. (the time of Moses) to about 100 A.D. (following the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ).

9. What is the oldest book in the Old Testament? Many scholars agree that Job is the oldest book in the Bible, written by an unknown Israelite about 1500 B.C. Others hold that the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible) are the oldest books in the Bible, written between 1446 and 1406 B.C.

10. What is the youngest book in the Old Testament? The book of Malachi, written about 400 B.C.

11. What is the oldest book of the New Testament? Probably the book of James, written as early as A.D. 45.

12. What is the youngest book in the New Testament? The Book of Revelation is the youngest book of the New Testament, written about 95 A.D.

13. What languages was the Bible written in? The Bible was written in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine Greek.

14. When was the Bible canonized? The entire New Testament as we know it today, was canonized before the year 375 A.D. The Old Testament had previously been canonized long before the advent of Christ.

15. What does “canon” mean? “Canon” is derived front the Greek word “Kanon,” signifying a measuring rod. Thus, to have the Bible “canonized” meant that it had been measured by the standard or test of divine inspiration and authority. It became the collection of books or writings accepted by the apostles and leadership of the early Christian church as a basis for Christian belief. It is the standard by which all Christians throughout the ages live and worship.

16. When was the first translation of the Bible made into English? 1382 A.D., by John Wycliffe.

17. When was the Bible printed? The Bible was printed in 1454 A.D. by Johannes Gutenberg who invented the “type mold” for the printing press. It was the first book ever printed.

18. What is the oldest almost-complete manuscript of the Bible now in existence? The Codex Vaticanus, which dates from the first half of the fourth Century. It is located in the library of the Vatican in Rome. There are older fragments of the Bible that are still preserved however– the oldest being a tiny scrap of the Gospel of John was found in Egypt, dating back to the beginning of the second century. (It is currently in the Rayland’s Library in Manchester, England).

19. What is the longest book in the Bible? The book of Psalms.

20. What is the shortest book in the Bible? 2 John.

21. What is the longest chapter in the Bible? Psalm 119

22. What is the shortest chapter in the Bible? Psalm 117

23. What is the longest verse in the Bible? Esther 8:9

24. What is the shortest verse in the Bible? John 11:35

25. Which book in the Bible does not mention the word “God?” The book of Esther.

26. Who was the oldest man that ever lived? Methuselah who lived to be 969 years old (Genesis 5:27).

27. Who were the two men in the Bible who never died but were caught up to heaven? Enoch, who walked with God and was no more (Genesis 5:22-24). Elijah, who was caught up by a whirlwind into heaven (II Kings 2:11).

28. Who does the Bible say was the meekest man in the Bible (not including Jesus)? Moses (Numbers 12:3).

29. How many languages has the Bible been translated into? The Holy Bible has been translated into 2,018 languages, with countless more partial translations, and audio translations (for unwritten languages). (This is an enormous amount of translations. In comparison, Shakespeare, considered by many to be the master writer of the English language, has only been translated into 50 languages.)

30. Is the Bible still the best-selling book in the world? Yes, indeed!

Genesis 5:32-10:1

Can you imagine being in Noah’s place? Here you are just going through life and all of a sudden, God asks you to do something like build an Ark. Not only will you get teased like crazy about it from all of your friends, but up to now, there has never been any rain, so what’s a boat? The Bible tells us that the earths supply of water came up from the ground. So not only does God call you to build an Ark in the middle of the desert, but for rains that nobody has ever seen. His friends and neighbors must have thought he was crazy.

What would you do in his situation? Be honest, would you be so embarrassed because people are laughing at you and not do what God told you to do, or would you build the Ark? Would you believe what God told you, or would you just dismiss the instructions as hearing voices in your own mind because it sounded so crazy? Have you ever been in this situation?

We’re entering times where we may find ourselves in this same predicament. The story of Noah and the Ark begins by telling us that the time frame was during a time of corruption and violence, does that sound familiar? These are the times that we may just find ourselves being called on to do something radical for God. The questions become, A. Are we listening? B. Are we willing?

Sometimes God calls us to do something very major and specific, but most of the times it’s something as simple as spreading the Word of Jesus Christ and His salvation. Are you willing to answer the calls spelled out in the Bible, even if it means being mocked? Are you willing to evangelize to everyone you know so they will have the chance of becoming saved, or avoid it because of a little embarrassment? Give it some thought and prayer, then get out there and be a Noah.

Let’s all be grateful for the opportunity of being teased and ridiculed. It just means that we’re doing our job, and that we believe in God enough to not care what the world thinks. Love to you all, and have an amazing day.




An update.

Posted: August 17, 2019 in Thoughts on God

Hello everyone! Just a few quick thoughts on this God-given Saturday. I would love to see our readers posting comments and prayer requests. There’s a tab on the top of this site where you can post your prayer requests, or you can post them in the comments section of any post. You can also email me at if you don’t feel like making it public. Any of these methods will work fine. Have an amazing-day.

If Satan wrote the Bible

Posted: August 17, 2019 in Thoughts on God


If the devil were to write his beatitudes, they would probably go something like this:

1. Blessed are those who are too tired, too busy, too distracted to spend an hour once a week with their fellow Christians – they save me the effort of trying to keep them from God’s blessings.

2. Blessed are those Christians who wait to be asked and expect to be thanked – its pretty easy to keep them from working for God.

3. Blessed are the touchy who stop going to church – they are my missionaries.

4. Blessed are the trouble makers – they shall be called my children.

5. Blessed are the complainers – I’m all ears for them.

6. Blessed are those who are bored with the minister’s mannerisms and mistakes – for they get nothing out of his sermons.

7. Blessed is the church member who expects to be invited to his own church – for he is a part of the problem instead of the solution.

8. Blessed are those who gossip – for they shall cause strife and division – that pleases me.

9. Blessed are those who are easily offended – for they will soon get angry and quit.

10. Blessed are those who do not give their offering to carry on God’s work – for they are my helpers.

11. Blessed is he who professes to love God but hates his brother and sister – for they shall be with me forever.

What happened to compassion?

Posted: August 15, 2019 in Thoughts on God

Ephesians 4:32, And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

We live in a world that has become very hard and calloused. People, including many Christians, have lost their ability to show compassion for each other. With the advent of the internet and social media, the truth has become distorted, and kindness has been labeled as being only for the weak.

I am certain that if Jesus had chosen to make his appearance in today’s time-frame, He would be called a weakling. He was all about compassion. He was about being the champion for the underdog. People today see that as a weakness.

The truth about compassion is…it takes a strong person to show kindness. Why? Because it goes against worldly values. The world says take care of yourself, but the Heavenly realm says to show kindness and compassion to each other. It’s the age-old good versus evil. Showing compassion and love to the weak or needy may give you the label of being weak, but Jesus called us, and showed us, His strength by going against what the World’s attitude was, and showing love to those who weren’t “Good enough,” in the world’s eyes.

I encourage you to take the Bible, find examples of compassion that Jesus showed, and emulate it. There are millions of people out there that just need someone to come along and give them a hand and a hug. That simple act of compassion can change someone’s life. Give it a shot, show yopur power…the power of Love.

There’s a common term used in the Military called Muscle Memory. Wikipedia defines it as, “a form of procedural memory that involves consolidating a specific motor task into memory through repetition, which has been used synonymously with motor learning.” In other words, it’s doing something so often, that it becomes instinct. That can be both good and bad in the Christian world.

Psalm 119:16 I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.

The more we do something, the more ingrained it becomes. If we study God’s Word every day, and apply it over and over, it becomes natural to us. When we’re faced with temptation, we naturally recognize and avoid it because our understanding of what God wants us to do. That recognition comes from reading His Word daily, memorizing it, and applying it. The more we do that, the more it becomes muscle memory.

On the other hand, if we get used to doing the same sin over and over, the same rule applies. More more often we commit the same offense against God, the more likely we are to continuing to do it, therefore straying further and further away from God. When we repeat the same sin over and over, we find ourselves accepting it as part of the norm, not something that God detests. It’s a common trap that many have fallen into.

I urge you today to take a good look at your life and see if there’s a bad muscle memory. Is there a bad habit that has taken a foothold in your life that you don’t even realize you’re doing anymore because you’ve done it so many times? If so, ask for the strength of the Holy Spirit to break the chains of bondage that keep you from a more rewarding relationship with God. Do that, and you will find delight in reading God’s Word, and achieve Godly Muscle Memory.

Joel 2:12 “Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”
Have you ever found yourself in a rut? Feeling estranged from God? Doing things that you know are not in God’s plan? We’ve all heard the expression, “Hitting rock bottom,” but what happens when we find ourselves there? Repentance is first, but another way to get back on track is to fast.
I have found myself getting off track lately. There seems to be a million things distracting me from my walk with God, and as I took an inventory of my life today, I was surprised to see what those distractions were.
Years ago, I gave up smoking, dinking, and drugs all at once. It was a major accomplishment that couldn’t have been done without the aid of the Holy Spirit. But as I took a good look at myself today, I realized that those bad habits have been replaced by others like food, anger, and lack of contentment. In a way, those are worse than the drugs and alcohol because they will subtly creep up on you and take your focus away from God without your even realizing it. Remember, anything that takes your focus away from God is not a good thing. So how does this tie in with fasting? Below are two paragraphs about fasting written by James Packer that are amazing.
In Scripture we see several purposes for fasting. It’s part of the discipline of self-control; it’s a way of sharing that we depend on God alone and draw all our strength and resources from him; it’s a way of focusing totally on him when seeking his guidance and help, and of showing that you really are in earnest in your quest; it’s also, at times, an expression of sorrow and deep repentance, something that a person or community will do in order to acknowledge failure before God and seek his mercy.

We tend to think of fasting as going without food. But we can fast from anything. If we love music and decide to miss a concert in order to spend time with God, that is fasting. It is helpful to think of the parallel of human friendship. When friends need to be together, they will cancel all other activities in order to make that possible. There’s nothing magical about fasting. It’s just one way of telling God that your priority at that moment is to be alone with him, sorting out whatever is necessary, and you have canceled the meal, party, concert, or whatever else you had planned to do in order to fulfill that priority.”

Your Father Loves You by James Packer, (Harold Shaw Publishers, 1986), page for June 14

Let’s all take time to fast from the things that take our focus from God. Take some time to do an honest self-evaluation before doing it. Take a look at what is keeping your walk with God, and fast it away. Let’s return to the Lord with fasting, weeping, and mourning. I know I’m on my way to doing just that, keep me in prayer.