1) Psalm 118 is the middle chapter of the entire bible?
2) Psalm 117, before Psalm 118 is the shortest chapter in the bible?
3) Psalm 119, after Psalm 118 is the longest chapter in the bible?
4) The Bible has 594 chapters before Psalm 118 and 594
chapters after Psalm 118?
5) If you add up all the chapters except Psalm 118, you get a total
of 1188 chapters.
6) 1188 or Psalm 118 verse 8 is the middle verse of the entire
bible? Should the central verse not have a fairly important message?
"It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man."
Psalm118:8 Is this central verse not also the central theme of the entire Bible?
10 Facts about the Bible
Here is a list of 10 facts about the Bible.
Fact # 1
The Protestant Bible in use today contains 66 Books. 39 of the books are in the Old Testament and 27 are found in the New Testament.
Fact # 2
Most of the Old Testament is written in Hebrew, the language spoken by the Israelites.
Except for a few words and sentences, the New Testament was composed in Greek, the common language in the Hellenistic world.
Fact # 3
Although the Bible was written over a period of about 1400 years, its text has come to us in a remarkable state of preservation. This preservation was possible because of the large number of manuscripts found.
The New Testament evidence for reliability is almost embarrassingly large. It includes about 4500 Greek manuscripts beginning about A.D. 125.
Fact # 4
The books of the Bible originally had no chapters or verses. Now that is a cool Bible fact.
Fact # 5
The Bible, in whole or in part, is now available in more than 1100 different languages and dialects.
Fact # 6
In the earliest days of English Christianity the only know Bible was the Latin Vulgate, made by Jerome between A.D. 383 and 405. This version of the Bible could only be read by the clergy.
Fact # 7
When Queen Elizabeth died in 1603, the crown was passed on to James I, who had been king of Scotland for 37 years as James VI. Several months after he began the pursuit of a new Bible translation. It was completed in 1611 and is now know as the King James Version.
Fact # 8
The authors of the New Testament appealed to their audience because they all had first hand knowledge of the Person of Jesus Christ.
Fact # 9
The two Testaments form two volumes of one work. The first is incomplete without the second and second cannot be understood without the first. Together they are Gods revelation to man of the provision He had made for human salvation.
Fact # 10
The theme of the Bible is the same in both the Old and New Testaments. It is the redemption of man.
More Fun Facts about Religion
Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar, La Allah Il Allah, La Allah Il Allah U Mohammed Rassul Allah" is heard by more people than any other sound of the human voice. This is the prayer recited by muezzins from each of the four corners of the prayer tower as Moslems all over the world face toward Mecca and kneel at sunset. It means: "God is great. There is no God but God, and Mohammed is the prophet of God."
Almonds and pistachios are the only nuts mentioned in the Bible.
Although not named in the New Testament, tradition names the two thieves crucified at the same time as Jesus as Dismas and Gestas.
As specified by the Christian church, the canonical hours are matins, lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, vespers, and compline.
Gabriel, Michael, and Lucifer are the three angels mentioned by name in the Bible.
In Christian theology there are nine choirs of angels. From highest to lowest, they are: seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominions, virtues, powers, principalities, archangels, and angels.
One of the holiest Christian holidays is named after a pagan goddess. The name "Easter" derives from the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre, who governed the vernal equinox.
Salt is mentioned more than 30 times in the Bible.
Scholars estimate that the 66 books of the King James version of the Bible were written by some 50 different authors.
Seven suicides are recorded in the Bible.
Some biblical scholars believe that Aramaic (the language of the ancient Bible) did not contain an easy way to say 'many things' and used a term which has come down to us as 40. This means that when the bible -- in many places -- refers to '40 days,' they meant many days.
Strict Puritan laws had their origins from practical reasons. Smoking was banned - farmers would raise badly needed food crops instead of tobacco. Cooking was banned on Sundays - to prevent house fires during the long hours the family was at church. Young men were banned from hunting - to prevent weapons from falling into Indian hands.
The 1st US Mormon temple was dedicated in Kirtland, Ohio in 1836.
The 3 Magi:(or Wise Men) and their gifts: Melchoir, "king of light," offered Gold, Gaspar ,"or the white one," offered frankincense, and Balthazar, "lord of treasures," offered myrrh.
The Bible devotes some 500 verses on prayer, less than 500verses on faith, but over 2000 verses on money and posessions.
The Bible was written by about 40 men over a period of about 1600 years dating from 1500 BC to about 100 years after Christ.
The Church of Scientology was founded in 1953, at Washington DC, by US science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.
The first translation of the English Bible was initiated by John Wycliffe and completed by John Purvey in 1388.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, named in the Bible's Book of Revelation, are Conquest, Slaughter, Famine, and Death.
The Hindu holy day begins at sunrise, the Jewish holy day begins at sunset, and the Christian holy day begins at midnight.
The longest name in the Bible Mahershalalhashbaz (Isaiah 8:1).
The patron saint of dentists is St. Apollonia. She reportedly had her teeth pulled out in 249 AD by an anti-Christian mob.
The seven archangels are Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Chamuel, Jophiel, and Zadkiel.
The Seven Deadly Sins are lust, pride, anger, envy, sloth, avarice and gluttony.
The seven virtues are prudence, courage, temperance, justice, faith, hope and charity.
The shortest verse in the Bible consists of two words: "Jesus wept" (John 11:35).
The Three Wise Men of the East brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to the infant Jesus. Frankincense is a gum resin used as a base for incense. Myrrh, also a gum resin, was valued as a perfume and unguent used in embalming.
The two robbers crucified next to Jesus were named Dismas and Gestas.
There are 1189 chapters in the Bible: 929 chapters in the Old Testament and 260 chapters in the New Testament.
There are 49 different foods mentioned in the Bible.
Zipporah was the wife of Moses.