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General Facts About the Bible
1. HOW THE BIBLE WAS GIVEN TO MAN. It was given through the audible voices of God (Mt. 3:16-17; 17:5; Jn. 12:28; Deut. 5:24); of angels (Acts 7:38; Heb. 2:2); of prophets (Acts 3:21; 2 Pet. 1:21); of Jesus Christ (Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 1:1); and of the apostles (Acts 1:2; Eph. 4:7-11). It came through visions (Isa. 6; Dan. 7-8; Ezek. 1); dreams (Dan. 2; Mt. 1:20; 2:12); revelation (Gal. 1:15-16; Eph. 3:3); and inspiration (2 Tim. 3:15-17).
2. LANGUAGES OF THE BIBLE. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew and Aramaic. The New Testament was written in Greek.
3. DIVISIONS OF THE BIBLE (King James Version). There are two main divisionsThe Old Testament made up of 39 books, and the New Testament made up of 27 books. Each Testament is divided into five main divisions. The Old Testament is divided into the Pentateuch or five books of MosesGenesis through Deuteronomy; twelve historical booksJoshua through Esther; five poetical booksJob through the Song of Solomon; five books of the Major ProphetsIsaiah through Daniel; and twelve books of the Minor ProphetsHosea through Malachi. The New Testament is divided into the four GospelsMatthew through John; the historical bookActs; the fourteen Pauline EpistlesRomans through Hebrews; the seven General EpistlesJames through Jude; and the prophetic bookRevelation.
The Bible as a whole is divided into 66 books, 1,189 chapters, and 31,101 verses, made up of 783,133 words and 3,566,480 letters. There are nearly 1,250 promises to all men in various ages, but only about 500 that can be definitely claimed by modern Christians. Many promises concerned Israel and certain natural peoples and nations of the past, present, and future that does not specifically concern the present life of Christians. There are, however, an abundance of promises for Christians covering every known need in this life and the life to come, as we shall see quoted in the following lessons.
The longest two words are in Isa. 8:1 and in the title of Ps. 56; the longest verse, Esther 8:9; shortest verse, Jn. 11:35; middle book, Micah; middle verse, Ps. 118:8; middle and shortest chapter, Ps. 117; longest book, Psalms; shortest book, 2 John; longest chapter, Ps. 119. Chapter divisions were made in A.D. 1236. Four verses in Ps. 107 are alike: 8, 15, 21, and 31. Also 2 Ki. 19 and Isa. 36, Ezra 2 and 7, and 2 Chron. 36:22-23 and Ezra 1:1-3a, are alike.
There are 26 unknown books mentioned in the Bible. Since the invention of printing there have been over 1,330,231,815 Bibles printed and sold in England and Europe besides those in other lands. Over 30 million are now distributed annually. The first complete English Bible was finished in 1380. The first printed was the Gutenberg Bible in 1450. The only uninspired parts of Bibles are the divisions of the chapters and verses, references, marginal notes, chapter and page headings, footnotes, summaries of chapters, and all other parts except the original text.fd