10 Facts About the Bible

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Dec 18
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By K Janz

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.

Pastor Kent Janz is the Senior Pastor of McDougal Chapel in Sundre, Alberta, Canada. For fun, he also likes to work on his website called [http://www.basic-bible-knowledge.com/index.html]Basic Bible Knowledge.

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