Fast Facts on the Bible
The following list is not designed to discuss doctrine, or provide
in-depth teaching. It is merely a resource center for factual information on the Bible.
Many of these questions have been addressed in various locations throughout our website;
however, as many people do not have the time to comb through the entire website to find
the answers they are looking for, we have compiled the following list. Please submit
further questions (of this sort) to
BibleQuestions@BibleResources.org We will not be able to answer you directly, but will continue
to develop this site, as we receive additional questions about the Bible. Don't forget to
read our teaching on Bible History, for a
more in-depth study.
1. How many books are in the Bible?
The Bible contains 66 books, divided among the Old and New Testaments.
2. How many books are in the Old Testament?
There are 39 books in the Old Testament.
3. How many books are in the New Testament?
There are 27 books in the New Testament.
4. What does
Testament means "covenant" or "contract."
5. Who wrote the Bible?
The Bible was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit by over
40 different authors from all walks of life: shepherds, farmers, tent-makers, physicians,
fishermen, priests, philosophers and kings. Despite these differences in occupation and
the span of years it took to write it, the Bible is an extremely cohesive and unified
6. Which single author contributed the most books to the Old
Moses. He wrote the first five books of the Bible, referred to as the
Pentateuch; the foundation of the Bible.
7. Which single author contributed the most books to
the New Testament?
The Apostle Paul, who wrote 14 books (over half) of the New Testament.
8. When was the Bible
It was written over a period of some 1,500 years, from around 1450 B.C.
(the time of Moses) to about 100 A.D. (following the death and resurrection of Jesus
9. What is the oldest
book in the Old Testament?
Many scholars agree that Job is the oldest book in the Bible, written by
an unknown Israelite about 1500 B.C. Others hold that the Pentateuch (the first five books
of the Bible) are the oldest books in the Bible, written between 1446 and 1406 B.C.
10. What is the youngest book in the Old Testament?
The book of Malachi, written about 400 B.C.
11. What is the oldest
book of the New Testament?
Probably the book of James, written as early as A.D. 45.
12. What is the youngest
book in the New Testament?
The Book of Revelation is the youngest book of the New Testament,
written about 95 A.D.
13. What languages was
the Bible written in?
The Bible was written in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine
was the Bible canonized?
The entire New Testament as we know it today, was canonized before the
year 375 A.D. The Old Testament had previously been canonized long before the advent of
15. What does "canon" mean?
"Canon" is derived front the Greek word "Kanon,"
signifying a measuring rod. Thus, to have the Bible "canonized" meant that it
had been measured by the standard or test of divine inspiration and authority. It became
the collection of books or writings accepted by the apostles and leadership of the early
Christian church as a basis for Christian belief. It is the standard by which all
Christians throughout the ages live and worship.
16. When was the first translation of the Bible made into English?
1382 A.D., by John Wycliffe.
17. When was the Bible
The Bible was printed in 1454 A.D. by Johannes Gutenberg
who invented the "type mold" for the printing press. It was the first book ever
18. What is the oldest almost-complete manuscript of the Bible now in
The Codex Vaticanus, which dates from the first half of the fourth
Century. It is located in the library of the Vatican in Rome. There are older fragments of
the Bible that are still preserved however-- the oldest being a tiny scrap of the Gospel
of John was found in Egypt, dating back to the beginning of the second century. (It is
currently in the Rayland's Library in Manchester, England).
19. What is the longest
book in the Bible?
The book of Psalms.
is the shortest book in the Bible?
is the longest chapter in the Bible?
22. What is the shortest
chapter in the Bible?
23. What is the longest
verse in the Bible?
24. What is the shortest verse in the Bible?
25. Which book in the
Bible does not mention the word "God?"
The book of Esther.
26. Who was the oldest man that ever lived?
Methuselah who lived to be 969 years old (Genesis 5:27).
27. Who were the two men in the Bible who never died but were
caught up to heaven?
Enoch, who walked with God and was no more (Genesis 5:22-24).
Elijah, who was caught up by a whirlwind into heaven (II Kings 2:11).
28. Who does the Bible say was the meekest man in the Bible (not
Moses (Numbers 12:3).
many languages has the Bible been translated into?
The Holy Bible has been translated into 2,018 languages, with countless
more partial translations, and audio translations (for unwritten languages). (This is an
enormous amount of translations. In comparison, Shakespeare, considered by many to be the
master writer of the English language, has only been translated into 50 languages.)
30. Is the Bible still
the best-selling book in the world?
American Bible Society, 1865 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
Halley, Henry H. Halley's Bible Handbook (Grand Rapids: Zondervan
Publishing House, 1927, 1965).
Maxwell, Arthur. Your Bible And You (Washington D.C.: Review and
Herald Publishing Association, 1959).
Mickelson, A. Berkley and Alvera. Understanding Scripture
(Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers, 1982, 1992).
Unger, Merrill F. TH.D., PH.D. Unger's Bible Handbook (Chicago:
Moody Press, 1967)