Bible Facts: Questions & Answers

Interesting and fun facts about the Bible. Facts relate to the KJV unless stated.

What language was the Bible originally written in?

The Old Testament was written mostly in Hebrew, with some Aramaic parts. The New Testament was written in Greek. The Bible has since been translated into about 2,400 different languages including an ongoing effort to translate the Bible into Klingon.

How many books are there in the Bible?

66 books in the Bible.

How many books are there in the Old Testament?

39

How many books are there in the New Testament?

27

What is the longest book in the Bible?

Psalms

What is the shortest book in the Bible?

2 John (no. of verses), 3 John (no. of words)

What is the longest book in the Old Testament?

Psalms

What is the longest book in the New Testament?

Luke (based on no. of words)

How many chapters are there in the Bible?

1,189, with 929 chapters in the Old Testament and 260 in the New Testament.

How many verses are there in the Bible?

31,102, with 23,145 in the Old Testament and 7,957 in the New Testament.

What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?

Psalm 117

What is the longest chapter in the Bible?

Psalm 119

What is the middle chapter in the Bible?

Psalm 117 (595th chapter)

What is the middle verse in the Bible?

As the KJV contains an even number of verses the middle verses are Psalm 103:1-2 (not Psalm 118:8 as commonly suggested)

When did the Bible first use chapters and verses?

The Geneva Bible published in 1560 was the first to use chapters and verses.

What is the longest verse in the Bible?

Esther 8:9

What is the shortest verse in the Bible?

John 11:35

Is the Bible the best selling book of all time?

Yes. Estimates are that somewhere in the region of at least 2.5 billion have been sold, maybe as high as 6 billion, followed by the Quotations from Mao Zedong and the Quran, both in the region of 800 million. The best selling fiction is probably Charles Dickens' Tale of Two Cities with 200 million copies sold. The latest Harry Potter novel had sold about 44 million copies.

What is the longest word in the Bible?

Maher-shalal-hash-baz (Isaiah 8:1)

Who was the oldest person in the Bible?

Methuselah was recorded as living to the age of 969 years (Gen 5:27)