The bible is available to a large part of the world's population. It is even available online. It is the worlds most translated book. How many people actually read the bible? The fact that the bible is available doesn't not mean that people actually take the time to read it. Some people recite bible passages on a regular basis. For example, some will recite the lords prayer before they eat or before going to bed. Others just love to read only the psalms. The rest of the bible is not really a concern to them. They feel they can connect better with the lord by just reading that part of the bible. The writing of the bible was completed about two thousand years ago. The content still plays a big part in the lives of many. The yearly Christian traditions and festivities have contributed to the bible gaining wide acceptance. Christmas and Easter are the most famous celebration in the Christian calendar. The words Christmas or Easter don't even appear in the bible but that is no reason not to party. There are some interesting facts that are not widely known about the bible. The list below should help you understand your bible a bit more.
Tetragram: It is the Hebrew name for God. This is the Tetragram "YHWH". Just so you don't die Ignorant, tetragram means a word with for letters.
How many books are in the Bible: Sixty six books from Genesis to revelation.
Apocryphal books: They are writings that were not inspired and were not added to the bible canon. An example will be the gospel according to Judas or Mary. I bet you didn't even know that there are other gospel versions in circulation
What is the gospel? They are the first 4 books of the Greek scriptures also known as the new testament. These books detailed the life and the ministry of Jesus. The word Gospel means "Good news" or "Good message". By the way, there is only one gospel or Good message. The different writers just completed each other.
How many writers: Forty writers all men from all works of life. Some were kings, tax collectors, fishermen etc. What about the women, how come they never took part in writing the bible? You will have to ask the Lord about that. It must be just coincident or it has something to do with Eve. Maybe since Eve told Adam to eat the fruit, the Lord didn't want to take another risk.
Who wrote Genesis? Moses. How did Moses knew what to write and what took place in the Garden of Eden if he wasn't even born at the time? God told him what to right. What did you expect? Did you think he just took a guess?
First five books of the bible: Are also known as the Pentateuch. These books from Genenis to Deuteronomy were written by Moses. Penta means five and if you are into music you will know that Pentatonic means with five notes.
Longest book in the bible: The Psalms
Longest chapter in the bible: Psalms 119
Shortest verse in the bible: "Jesus wept"
Longest word in the bible: Maher-shalal-hash-baz
The Most Read Book of the Bible: The Psalms
What are the Psalms: They are prayers set to songs. The psalms were written by a group of writers. The Most Famous of them is king David. The Psalms details the joys, sorrows and personal tragedy of the writers and the Israelites as a nation. It also contains prophecies.
What is a Prophecy? It is when someone predicts the future and it comes true exactly as predicted. This has nothing to do with prognostics, statistics or coincidence. Prophecy also has nothing to do with weather forecast. You know they never get in right.
Armageddon: Only Appear in one location in the Bible. Armageddon is not a film. It is not the end of the world either. It is a war Between God and men. Guess who will win?
What is Apocalypse: Apocalypse is the same as the book of Revelation. It is the last book of the bible.
Apostles versus disciples: The two terms refers to two groups of Jesus' followers. The Apostles were close associates of Jesus and there were only 12 of them. The disciples were those who followed Jesus during his ministry and afterwards. There were hundreds and later after 33 AD, they became thousands.
Who was Judas Iscariot? He was the one who sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver thinking Jesus would perform a miracle and get away. He was wrong. In France, the spy hole you have on your door is called Judas. Why? Take a guess!
How did Judas died? He hanged himself. Poor thing!
Scroll versus Codex: The bible writers wrote on scrolls but that technique was later changed to codex which is the form of book binding that the bible now has.
Types of Angels: Seraphim, Cherubim and Angels. Seraphim are the highest ranking angels followed by the Cherubim. The word angel means messenger. These types of angels are used to convey messages from God to men. The angel Gabriel who spoke to Maria about the Immaculate Conception is not of the Seraphim or Cherubim class. You thought all angels were equals, well they are not. Don't be fooled by the declaration of human rights. Not all men are equal either.
Names of Angels: Michael, Gabriel. Most angels didn't reveal their names. Why? They don't want undue praise
Garden of Eden: Did you know the garden of Eden was located east of the Eden? In other words, God created the area called Eden and he decided to put a garden in the east of that area. He then put Adam and Eve in the garden. This implies that Eden was bigger and that the garden was only part of the region called Eden.
Adam's occupation: You would think Adam spent the whole day walking around the garden, eating and sleeping. God thought that it would be such a boring life, so he gave Adam a Job. What did Adam have to do?
Genesis 2:19 - Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.
So Adams job was to name all the Animals in the Garden. How cool was that?