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#1    Nxt2Hvn

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Posted 23 June 2004 - 05:09 PM

(Facts as in what the Bible teaches... not necessarily "the facts" according to most of you - just wanted to clear that up before I posted this)

I am posting this just for those of you interested ... so please be nice... there really is some interesting stuff....

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About 50 Bibles are sold every minute.

Christianity is the world's most widespread religion (1,7 billion Christians).

The Bible was written in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine Greek.

The 12 disciples were not were not allowed to carry food, money, or extra clothing.

Dogs are mentioned 14 times in the Bible, and lions 55 times, but domestic cats are not mentioned at all.

The Bible, the world's best-selling book, is also the world's most shoplifted book.

The oldest almost-complete manuscript of the Bible still existing is the Codex Vaticanus, dating from the first half of the 4th century, now held in the Vatican library.

The word "Christian" appears only three times in the Bible: Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16.

The word "Lord" appears 1855 times in the Bible.

The word "God" appears in every book except Esther and Song of Solomon.

The word "grandmother" appears in the Bible only once: 2 Timothy 1:5.

The word "eternity" is mentioned only once: Isaiah 57:15.

Seven suicides are recorded in the Bible.

In Old Testament times the Mediterranean Sea was called the Great Sea.

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Posted 23 June 2004 - 06:00 PM

A few more intersesting factoids:

The Bible contains 66 books, divided among the Old and New Testaments.

There are 39 books in the Old Testament.

There are 27 books in the New Testament.

Testament means "covenant" or "contract."

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 book.

Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible, referred to as the Pentateuch; the foundation of the Bible.

The Apostle Paul wrote 14 books (over half) of the New Testament.

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 Christ).

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.

The book of Malachi is the youngest book of the Old Testament, written about 400 B.C.

Probably the oldest book of the Old Testament is the book of James, written as early as A.D. 45.

The Book of Revelation is the youngest book of the New Testament, written about 95 A.D.

The Bible was written in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine Greek.
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 Christ.

"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.

The oldest translation of the Bible was written in 1382 A.D., by John Wycliffe.
The Bible was first printed in 1454 A.D. by Johannes Gutenberg who invented the "type mold" for the printing press. It was the first book ever printed.

The Codex Vaticanus is the oldest almost-complete manuscript of the Bible, 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).

The book of Psalms is the longest book of the Bible.

2 John is the shortest book.

Psalm 119 is the longest chapter.

Psalm 117 is the shortest chapter.

Esther 8:9 is the longest verse.

John 11:35 is the shortest verse.

The book of Esther does not mention “God.”.

Methuselah was the oldest man who ever lived at 969 years old (Genesis 5:27).

Enoch, who walked with God and was no more (Genesis 5:22-24); and Elijah, who was caught up by a whirlwind into heaven (II Kings 2:11); were the only people who never died in the Bible, but were taken up to heaven.

Moses was the meekest man in the Bible (not counting Jesus)(Numbers 12:3).

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.)

The Bible is the best selling book in the world.


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To think and not study is dangerous."
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Posted 23 June 2004 - 08:44 PM

No time to read them all now, leaving for a plane in like 5 min. Anyway, my question is, how come 50 bibles are sold every minute? Wouldnt that make a huge surplus of bibles? Whats happening to all the other bibles? Are they being burned or something?

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Posted 23 June 2004 - 09:38 PM

Thanks for all the information guys.  I might just print this stuff out!


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Posted 23 June 2004 - 10:51 PM

More facts....

The original name of the Old Testament, and the name Jesus and the people of his time called it, and the Jews of today still do, is "Tanakh" (pronunce Ta-Na-Kh, where "Kh" pronunced like "ch" in Loch Ness).

The original name of the Pentateuch is "Torah".

The language of the Hebrews/Israelites is never called "Hebrew" in the scriptures, but is reffered to as "Canaanite" (in Hebrew - "Knaanit").

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Posted 24 June 2004 - 04:20 PM

QUOTE (Stellar @ Jun 23 2004, 01:44 PM)
Anyway, my question is, how come 50 bibles are sold every minute? Wouldnt that make a huge surplus of bibles? Whats happening to all the other bibles? Are they being burned or something?

I don't know about other countries, but every hotel/motel room in the United States has a Bible in a drawer.  And more inns of the kind are being built every day!

Heck, in Hawaii I stayed at a hotel that had a Bible, The Book of Mormon, and the teachings of Buddah in every room!

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To think and not study is dangerous."
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Posted 24 June 2004 - 06:01 PM

Leave it to our resident trouble maker to start a thread about religion, and facts, AGAIN...  LMAO....  You are crazy HVN, and ballsy...   wink2.gif  wub.gif  tongue.gif    (I love it)  

OK, so here is my two cents, something that should be kept in mind.


The bible itself, used as a moral guide of some sort, is ok to me.  I am not religious, but I don't have a problem with it being used as a tool for a better life.  

We should all keep in mind though, that Bibles are mass produced by companies that produce other genres' of literature.  The Bibles themselves are not holy, and we should all understand that.  So, in my humble opinion, it makes little sense to have to swear on a bible for any reason.  


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Posted 24 June 2004 - 06:04 PM

QUOTE (reese2 @ Jun 24 2004, 07:01 PM)
Leave it to our resident trouble maker to start a thread about religion, and facts, AGAIN...  LMAO....  You are crazy HVN, and ballsy...   wink2.gif  wub.gif  tongue.gif    (I love it) 

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Edited by Nxt2Hvn, 24 June 2004 - 06:04 PM.

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Posted 24 June 2004 - 06:04 PM

I appreciate the information and the faith behind it. Thanks . rolleyes.gif  original.gif  thumbsup.gif  


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Posted 26 June 2004 - 12:36 PM

What impresses me about the Bible, is the fact that it contains scientific knowledge that couldn't have been known at the time.  For example, the Book Of Job talks about the earth as a suspended ball.  The Catholic Church would have had a tough time explaining that one to the masses back in the middle ages.

The Psalms talk about the "pathways of the seas".  This was later used to inspire a particular sailor who mapped out the world's underwater currents which are used today.

Proof of divine inspiration?  I certainly think so.  Merely a morale book..well that's left up to the reader but I personally don't think so.  I ask the question, is it the only religious book that stacks up with modern science?  Before you answer that one, let's do our homework and not throw in the usual debate about evolution.  Cause evolution has been proven to be a false science.  There is nothing simple about a single celled organsim.

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Posted 27 June 2004 - 01:38 PM

Man, you have no idea.  The bible talks about everything.  It even has great techniques on how to diet.  


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Posted 27 June 2004 - 02:39 PM

QUOTE (paradigm_blue @ Jun 26 2004, 05:36 AM)
Proof of divine inspiration?  I certainly think so.  Merely a morale book..well that's left up to the reader but I personally don't think so.  I ask the question, is it the only religious book that stacks up with modern science?  Before you answer that one, let's do our homework and not throw in the usual debate about evolution.  Cause evolution has been proven to be a false science.  There is nothing simple about a single celled organsim.

paradigm blue, this thread is simply about Bible "FACTS," interesting little tidbits.  Nothing scientific or religeous.

Please lets not turn this into a flame war that will eventually get closed.  There are other threads for the science/religeon debate.

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To think and not study is dangerous."
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Posted 27 June 2004 - 04:09 PM

I've heard all of this information (and misinformation and misquotings) before.  I am sure all mythologies have some very interesting facts and tidbits!


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Posted 27 June 2004 - 08:12 PM

i agree, lets stop with the beleifs, just facts! laugh.gif


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Posted 27 June 2004 - 10:34 PM

what's your idea of beliefs and facts?  To me, the bible is all facts.   wink2.gif  





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