Here is some interesting Bible Trivia from George !! Enjoy !!!
The Bible is the best-selling book of all time with an estimated 5 billion copies sold and distributed.
The oldest written language still in existence today is Greek which is the original language of the New Testament. Hebrew is the original language of the Old Testament. (*Mycenaean Greek is older than Hebrew)
Portions of the Bible were first translated from Greek into Latin as early as 100 AD. Latin was the Lingua Franca of the vast Roman Empire stretching across Europe.
The various parchments, scrolls and letters known as ‘Holy scriptures’ were first compiled together around 350 AD to form the complete Holy Bible as we know it today. This was done in Rome under the strict supervision of St Jerome. These compiled scriptures were later translated into Latin which was asserted as the main language of the Bible for many centuries afterwards.
Chapters and verses were added to the Bible in 1200 AD.
The Bible was first translated into English in 1382 by John Wycliffe.
The first book ever to be printed was the Bible. According to the Guinness Book of World records, The Latin Gutenberg Bible was the first book to be printed using a mechanical press. This was in 1455.
In 1525 William Tyndale competed the first English translation of the Bible.
In 1611 The King James version became the de facto version of the Holy Bible. King James I instructed the translators only to use original Greek and Hebrew texts.
The First Russian Translation of the Bible was completed in 1870. From 1499, the Old Slavonic Bible was used by Russians and other Slavic speakers.
The Bible is still the most translated book/document in the world today. The complete Holy Bible has been translated into 724 languages. The New Testament has been translated into 1600 languages. Portions of the Bible have been translated into 3589 languages – including Klingon and Elvish. Therefore, 97% of the Worlds population have access to at least some scripture in their own language.
Thanks to the missionaries of SIL (Summer institute of Linguistics) and Wycliffe Bible Translators, remote tribes in Papua New Guinea can hear the Bible in their own language. Some of these languages are only spoken by a few hundred people and have no orthography (writing system) so audio or verbal scripture reading is necessary.
There are 783,137 words in the English Bible (King James Version).
The longest book of the Bible is Jeremiah. The shortest book/letter of the Bible is 3 John.
The name “Jesus” appears over 950 times in the Scriptures.
“Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”
(St. Jerome, 4th Century)