Understanding the Bible can be tricky. Yet it is a collection of books full of powerful insights into
The bible is a collection of books, often termed a library. This perhaps not surprising since the word Bible derives from the Greek word Biblos, meaning books. The books of the Bible were selected around 350 years after Christ lived. There were many other books which didn’t make the cut:
- The Gospel of Thomas
- The Shepherd of Hermas
- The Apocalypse of Peter
- The Epistle of Barnabas.
To really understand the Bible, it is important that the reader is aware that it is made up of a collection of books written by a variety of authors. The Bible can be divided into two sections, the Old Testament and the New Testament and they have 39 and 27 books respectively.
1. The Bible was written in three continents
Much of the Bible, particularly the Old Testament was written in Israel, Asia. St Paul wrote many of his letters in cities in Europe and the book of Jeremiah was written in Egypt, which is in Africa. This makes for a very interesting insight into the culture of early civilisation throughout the world.
2. William Tyndall was burned at the stake for producing the first printed edition of the New Testament in English.
The Bible originated in Hebrew (Old Testament) and Greek (New Testament). It was then translated into Latin and John Wycliffe was credited for translating the entire Bible from Latin Vulgate into English. As a punishment for this, the Catholic Church exhumed and burned Wycliffe’s corpse following his death. William Tyndale produced
3. There isn’t a description of how Jesus looks in the Bible
Often when we imagine Jesus, he is good looking with shoulder
4. There are two separate creation stories in the Bible
Both completely different creation stories can be found in Genesis. Even more surprising is that these two accounts are contradictory. In Genesis 1:25 – 27, God creates the animals of the earth, then creates mankind but in Genesis 2:18 – 19, God creates man first, then decides to create animals, so that they could help man.
5. Psalms contains both the shortest and longest chapters in the Bible
The book of Psalms is said to have been written by King David and amazingly has both the shortest chapter, Psalm 117 and the longest, Psalm 119. It is interesting that there is also only one chapter separating them. The book of Psalms also contains the famous Psalm 23, more commonly known AS The Lord’s My Shepherd.
6. It took over 1,000 years to write the Old Testament
While it took over 1,000 years to write the Old Testament, the New Testament was written during a relatively short period of 50-75 years. So, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to amazing facts about the Bible. It would be of great benefit for you to explore the Bible yourself and the Gospel of Mark is a good place to start. William Lane produced an excellent commentary which you can read in conjunction with the Gospel to gain a thorough understanding. The Francis Chan Study Guide is also an excellent investment as it approaches the gospel as a journey and so you walk alongside Jesus following his footsteps along the Sea of Galilee. This really is an excellent read. Please share this article and comment on whether you enjoyed it.