Bible Related Facts You May Not Know


  • The Bible contains sixty-six books, written by forty authors, covering a period of approximately sixteen hundred years.
  • The word “Bible” comes from the Greek word [biblos], meaning “book”.
  • The word “testament” means covenant or agreement. God made an agreement based on law (Deut. 4:5) – called the Old Testament – regarding man’s salvation before Christ came.  God’s new agreement, or Testament, was a Covenant of Grace (Gal. 3:17-25) & describes man’s salvation after Christ came.
  • Jesus quoted from twenty-two Old Testament books.
  • The book of Hebrews quotes the Old Testament eighty-five times.
  • Revelation quotes the Old Testament 245 times.
  • The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119 (176 verses).
  • The shortest chapter is Psalm 117 (two verses).
  • The longest verse in the Bible is found in Esther 8:9 (more than ninety words).
  • Shortest verse: John 11:35 (two words).
  • The longest book in the Old Testament: Psalms (150 chapters).
  • The longest book in the New Testament: Luke
  • The shortest book in the Old Testament: Obadiah (21 verses).
  • The shortest book in the New Testament: 2 John (13 verses).
  • The oddest verse in the Bible – 1 Chronicles 26:18! (Look it up in the KJV of the Bible).
  • Other than the word “the”, the word most often used in the Bible is “Lord”.
  • The two longest words in the Bible (it’s a tie) read:
    • Jonath-Elem-Rechokim (Ps. 56) means “a silent dove of far-off lands” (distant oaks).
    • Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz (Isa. 8:1)- the name of Isaiah’s son; means “quick to the plunder, swift to spoil”.
  • The shortest prayer in the Bible: “Lord, save me!” – when Peter was walking on the water and became afraid.
  • The longest prayers:
    • Nehemiah’s prayer of praise and confession (9:5-38); and
    • Jesus’ high priestly prayer (John 17).

Things we Cannot Know:

  • The time of Jesus’ return (Mt. 24:36).
  • How God’s sovereignty works (Rom. 11:33-36).
  • How the relationship between Father, Son & Holy Spirit works in the Trinity.
  • The writer of the book of Hebrews.
  • The essence of Eternity (Gen. 1:1; John 1:1)
  • God – unless we first know His Son, Jesus Christ.

Some Extremes of the Bible

The smallest things mentioned in the Bible:

  • A gnat (Matthew 22:34) An ant (Proverbs 6:6)
  • A flea (1 Samuel 24:14) A mustard seed (Mark 4:31)
  • A tittle – part of a Hebrew language letter (Mt.5:18 KJV)