The Bible is the most printed book in history, more translated, sold and burned at the same time. Many questions arise about the Bible, so we will answer some of them below.
What does the Bible Word mean?
The word Bible comes from the Greek “Biblíon” and its translated meaning is “Books or Rolls” .
What is the Bible?
The Bible is the Word of God revealed to humanity (Ex 31:18, 32:16), its author is God himself and his interpreter The Holy Spirit (2 Sa 23:2, 2 Pe 1:21). Its main theme is the redemption of man through Jesus Christ (Jn 3:16). But it is also useful to teach, exhort, correct and instruct man in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16).
Who wrote the Bible?
The Bible was written by 40 people chosen and prepared by God in different times and places. Its authors were kings, princes, poets, prophets, pastors, priests, doctors and others were simply fishermen. It was completed in a period of approximately 1600 years and written in 3 different languages. But despite their different writers, occupations and languages, living in different places and times, all the books of the Bible show a unity and was the divine inspiration given by the Holy Spirit to each of its authors (2 Sa 23:2).
How is the Bible divided?
The Bible is divided into Old Testament and New Testament. The word “Testament” has the meaning “Covenant”, referring to the covenants of God with His chosen people (Ex 19:5-6) and with His Son Jesus Christ (Mt 26:26-28). The Old Testament narrates the preparation of Salvation (Jer 31: 31-34). While the New Testament shows the manifestation of Salvation through Jesus Christ (Heb 13:20). On the other hand these two covenants divided the times of humanity into “before Christ” (BC) and “after Christ” (AD).
How many books does the Bible have?
The Bible has a total of 66 books, 39 from the Old Testament and 27 from the New Testament. The 39 books of the Old Testament are composed of 5 books of the Pentateuch, 12 historical books, 5 poetic, 5 of major prophets and 12 of minor prophets. While the 27 books of the New Testament are made up of 4 gospels, 1 historical book, 13 Pauline letters, 8 general letters and 1 prophetic book.
What are the books of the Bible?
The 39 books of the Old Testament are:
- Ge = Genesis
- Ex = Exodus
- Lv = Leviticus
- Nm = Numbers
- Dt = Deuteronomy
- Js = Joshua
- Ju = Judges
- Ru = Rut
- 1 Sa = 1 Samuel
- 2 Sa = 2 Samuel
- 1 Ki = 1 Kings
- 2 Ki = 2 Kings
- 1 Ch = 1 Chronicles
- 2 Ch = 2 Chronicles
- Ez = Ezra
- Ne = Nehemiah
- Es = Esther
- Jb = Job
- Ps = Psalms
- Pr = Proverbs
- Ec = Ecclesiastes
- So = Song of Songs
- Is = Isaiah
- Jr = Jeremiah
- Lm = Lamentations
- Ek = Ezekiel
- Dn = Daniel
- Ho = Hosea
- Jl = Joel
- Am = Amos
- Ob = Obadiah
- Jh = Jonah
- Mi = Micah
- Na = Nahum
- Hk = Habakkuk
- Zp = Zephaniah
- Ha = Haggai
- Zc = Zechariah
- Ml = Malachi
The 27 books of the New Testament are:
- Mt = Mateo
- Mk = Mark
- Lk = Luke
- Jn = Juan
- Ac = Acts
- Ro = Romans
- 1 Co = 1 Corinthians
- 2 Co = 2 Corinthians
- Ga = Galatians
- Ep = Ephesians
- Pp = Philippians
- Cl = Colossians
- 1 Th = 1 Thessalonians
- 2 Th = 2 Thessalonians
- 1 Ti = 1 Timothy
- 2 Ti = 2 Timothy
- Tt = Tito
- Pm = Philemon
- He = Hebrews
- Ja = James
- 1 Pe = 1 Peter
- 2 Pe = 2 Peter
- 1 Jn = 1 John
- 2 Jn = 2 Juan
- 3 Jn = 3 John
- Jd = Jude
- Ap = Apocalypse
How many chapters does the Bible have?
The Bible contains a total of 1,189 chapters. Formed by 929 chapters in the Old Testament and 260 in the New Testament.
How many verses does the Bible have?
The Bible is made up of a total of 31,102 verses between the Old and New Testaments.
What is the longest book in the Bible?
The longest book in the Bible is Psalms with 150 chapters.
What is the shortest book in the Bible?
The shortest book in the Bible is the Second Letter of John with 13 verses in a single chapter.
What is the longest chapter in the Bible?
Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible with 176 verses.
What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?
Psalm 117 is the shortest chapter in the Bible with only 2 verses.
What is the longest verse in the Bible?
Verse 9 of chapter 8 of the Book of Esther is the longest in the Bible with 90 words in King James Version (Est 8:9)
What is the shortest verse in the Bible?
Verse 35 of chapter 11 of the Book of John is the shortest of the Bible with 9 letters in King James Version (Jn 11:35).
In what language was the Bible written?
The Bible was written in three languages, Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. Therefore, the First 39 books of the Old Testament were written primarily for Jews in Hebrew and some passages in Aramaic. It was also translated into Greek 100 years before Jesus Christ. While the 27 books of the New Testament were written primarily for Gentiles in Greek, the language commonly spoken by Gentiles through the Roman Empire.
In what places was the Bible written?
The Bible was written on three continents, Africa, Asia and Europe. The first 5 Books of the Bible were written in Africa, in the Sinai Desert by Moses. Some others were written in Asia when they took possession of the promised land and during the captivity of Babylon. While finally, some of the books of the New Testament were written in Asia and Europe, during the journeys of Luke, the imprisonment of Paul in Rome and the exile of John on the Greek island of Patmos.
How to understand the Bible?
To understand the Bible, the first thing we have to do is to pray, so that God will reveal his word to us (Jr 33:3). If we pretend to read the Bible literally, we will never understand it, because in it are written mysteries that only God reveals through his Spirit (1 Cor 2:14). God is Spirit, therefore he is the only one who knows and can speak to the spirit of man (1 Co 2:10-11; Jn 4:24). Another advice to understand the Bible is to turn away from evil and have a humble heart to accept his word (1 Cor 2:9), as it is written in Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction”. In conclusion, with a heart full of resentment, selfishness, evil and paradigms the Word of God will never be revealed to him (Jas 4:6, Ps 138:6, Pr 3:34).
How to start reading the Bible?
To know how to start reading the Bible, what is generally recommended is to begin with the New Testament in the Gospels. The “Gospel” Word means “Good News” and speaks about the Manifestation of Salvation written by the prophets of the Old Testament and fulfilled in Jesus Christ. The recommended Gospels for a person to start reading the Bible are Matthew, Mark and Luke. These three books are called “Synoptic Gospels”, because they present the main issues of the Bible more clearly, quickly and summarily. While the Gospel of John contains a more spiritual message addressed to those who are already Christians.
Other very good books to read in the beginning, are the book of Psalms and Proverbs. In the book of Psalms we see man speaking of God, pouring out his heart in prayer and praise, but also describing and exalting him by the manifestation of his glorious attributes. On the other hand, the book of Proverbs is a collection of moral precepts to guide parents, mothers, children, employees, employers, rulers, kings, magistrates or any type of person.
Why read the Bible?
The Bible, besides being a Library composed of different books, are also God’s instructions for the Way of the Salvation of man. In it we find that all human beings have sinned against God and that no one can earn heaven through works (Gl 2:16, Ro 3:20). The Bible teaches us that the salvation of man is only through Jesus Christ (1 Tim 2:5, Jn 3:16). which was born born of a virgin woman according to the scriptures (Is 7:14), lived the life that none of us have been able to live, but I also carry in himself, our sin and the punishment that we deserved (Is 53: 6; 2 Co 5:21; Col 2:14). He died and rose again according to the Scriptures (Is 53:5-12), being handed over to death for our transgressions and resurrected to justify us before God (Rom. 4:25).
Another reason why reading the Bible is that it helps us to know God and instructs us in His Wisdom (Pr 2:1-7). It also helps to prosper the way of man (Jo 1:8), teaching him, exhorting him, correcting him and instructing him in Justice (1 Tim 3:16).