Bible Fun Facts

Posted on December 27, 2019

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By David Ettinger

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We’re living in challenging times, and the challenges for Christians grow more extreme by the day. But we’re not going to discuss any of that here. Instead, I dedicate this little offering to all lovers of the Bible. No opinions or issues here, just Bible facts (based on the King James Version). Here we go!

Old Testament Statistics

  • 39 books; 929 chapters; 23,214 verses; 593,493 words.
  • Longest book – Psalms; shortest book – Obadiah.
  • 17 historical books; 5 poetical books; 17 prophetical books.

New Testament Statistics

  • 27 books; 260 chapters; 7,959 verses; 181,253 words.
  • Longest book – Luke; shortest book – 3 John.
  • 4 Gospels; 1 historic book; 22 epistles.
  • OF NOTE: It was not until A.D. 1250 that the Bible was divided into chapters. Verse divisions were introduced to the New Testament in 1551, and the entire Bible in 1560.

10 Longest Books in the Bible

  1. Psalms – 150 chapters, 2,461 verses, 43,743 words.
  2. Jeremiah – 52 chapters, 1,364 verses, 42,659 words.
  3. Ezekiel – 48 chapters, 1,273 words, 39,407 words.
  4. Genesis – 50 chapters, 1,533 verses, 38,267 words.
  5. Isaiah – 66 chapters, 1,292 verses, 37,044 words.
  6. Numbers – 36 chapters, 1,288 verses, 32,902 words.
  7. Exodus – 40 chapters, 1,213 verses, 32,602 words.
  8. Deuteronomy – 34 chapters, 959 verses, 28,461 words.
  9. 2 Chronicles – 36 chapters, 822 verses, 26,074 words.
  10. Luke – 24 chapters, 1,151 verses, 25,944 words.

10 Shortest Books in the Bible

  1. 3 John – 1 chapter, 14 verses, 299 words.
  2. 2 John – 1 chapter, 13 verses, 303 words.
  3. Philemon – 1 chapter, 25 verses, 445 words.
  4. Jude – 1 chapter, 25 verses, 613 words.
  5. Obadiah – 1 chapter, 21 verses, 670 words.
  6. Titus – 3 chapters, 46 verses, 921 words.
  7. 2 Thessalonians – 3 chapters, 47 verses, 1,042 words.
  8. Haggai – 2 chapters, 38 verses, 1,131 words.
  9. Nahum – 3 chapters, 47 verses, 1,285 words.
  10. Jonah – 4 chapters, 48 verses, 1,321 words.

10 O.T. Books Most Referred to in the N.T.

  1. Isaiah – referred to 419 times in 23 O.T. books.
  2. Psalms – 414 times in 23 books.
  3. Genesis – 260 times in 21 books.
  4. Exodus – 250 times in 19 books.
  5. Deuteronomy – 208 times in 21 books.
  6. Ezekiel – 141 times in 15 books.
  7. Daniel – 133 times in 17 books.
  8. Jeremiah – 125 times in 17 books.
  9. Leviticus – 107 times in 15 books.
  10. Numbers – 73 times in 4 books.

Scripture’s Record List of Individuals

  • Earliest: Adam – world’s first human being.
  • Oldest: Methuselah – lived to 969 years of age.
  • Wisest: Solomon – king of Israel.
  • Richest: Solomon – king of Israel.
  • Tallest: Goliath – approximately 9 feet tall.
  • Shortest: Zacchaeus – climbed a tree to see Jesus.
  • Heaviest: Eglon – king of Moab (Book of Judges).
  • Meekest: Moses – Israel’s great lawgiver.
  • Cruelest: Manasseh – king of Judah.
  • Fastest: Asahel – described as “light of foot as a wild roe” (2 Samuel 2:18).
  • Greatest of the prophets: John the Baptist (Matthew 11:11).
  • Guiltiest: Judas – betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.
  • Proudest: King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon (read Daniel Chapter 4).
  • Most beautiful: Esther – Jewish queen who helped save her people (Esther 2:7).
  • Most traveled: Paul the Apostle – 3 missionary trips.
  • Most sorrowful: Jeremiah the Prophet (Jeremiah 9:1; Lamentations 1:12).
  • Most lovestruck: Jacob – worked 7 years to marry Rachel.
  • Most frightened: King Belshazzar of Babylon – knees knocked during the handwriting on the wall.
  • Most rash: Jephthah – his hasty vow cost the life of his daughter (Judges 11:30).
  • Most doubtful: Thomas – would not, at first, believe in Jesus’ resurrection.

Most Mentioned Men in the Bible

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David, 1,188 times; Moses, 740; Aaron, 339; Saul, 338; Abraham, 306; Solomon, 295; Jacob, 270; Joseph, 208; Joshua, 197; Paul, 185; Peter, 166; Joab, 137; Jeremiah, 136; Samuel, 135; Isaac, 127.

OF NOTE: Jesus, of course, is mentioned more than anyone else in the Scriptures.

10 Great Topical Chapters

  • Exodus 20 – the Ten Commandments chapter.
  • Joshua 14 – the Faithfulness of God chapter.
  • Psalm 23 – the Shepherd chapter.
  • Psalm 119 – the Word of God chapter.
  • Isaiah 40 – the Majesty of God chapter.
  • Matthew 5 – the Beatitudes chapter.
  • John 10 – the Protection of the Sheep chapter.
  • John 14 – the Comfort chapter.
  • Romans 5 – the Justification chapter.
  • Hebrews 11 – the Faith chapter.

So, there you go. If you love the Bible as I do, then you love reading these kinds of facts and figures!