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~Interesting Data

Books of Old Testament - 39.

Books of New Testament - 27.

Total number of books - 66.

Chapters in Old Testament - 929.

Chapters in New Testament - 260.

Total number chapters - 1,189.

Verses in Old Testament - 33,214.

Verses in New Testament - 7,959.

Total number of verses - 41,173.

Words in Old Testament - 593,393.

Words in New Testament - 181,253.

Total number of words - 774,746.

Letters in Old Testament - 2,738,100.

Letters in New Testament - 838,380.

Total number of letters - 3,566,480.

The shortest chapter is Psalm 117.

Ezra 7:21 contains all the letters of the alphabet except

“j.” Esther 8:9 is the longest verse.

John 11:35 is the shortest verse.

There is no word more than six syllables in the Bible.

~Chapter And Verse Divisions

 The first division of the Bible into chapters and verses is attributed to Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury in the late 12th century.

 Cardinal Hugo, in the middle of the 13th century, divided the Old Testament into chapters as they stand in our translation.

 In 1661, Athias, a Jew of Amsterdam, divided the section of Hugo into verses. And in 1561, a French painter divided the New Testament into verses as they are now.

~ Seven Wonders Of The Word

 1. The wonder of its formation—the way in which it grew is one of the mysteries of time.

 2. The wonder of its unification—a library of 66 books, yet one book.

 3. The wonder of its age—most ancient of all books.

 4. The wonder of its sale—best-seller of all time and of any other book.

 5. The wonder of its interest—only book in the world read by all classes of people.

 6. The wonder of its language—written largely by uneducated men, yet the best book from a literary standpoint.

 7. The wonder of its preservation—the most hated of all books, yet it continues to exist.

—Speaker’s Sourcebook

~Bible and Archaeological Testings

 Dr. Robert Dick Wilson, former professor of Semitic philology at Princeton Theological Seminary, said, “After forty-five years of scholarly research in biblical textual studies and in language study, I have come now to the conviction that no man knows enough to assail the truthfulness of the Old Testament. Where there is sufficient documentary evidence to make an investigation, the statements of the Bible, in the original text, have stood the test.”

 And the noted Dr. J. O. Kinnaman said: “Of the hundreds of thousands of artifacts found by the archaeologists, not one has ever been discovered that contradicts or denies one word, phrase, clause, or sentence of the Bible, but always confirms and verifies the facts of the Biblical record.”

~ How Ramsay Was Convinced

 Over 100 years ago, William Ramsay, a young English scholar, went to Asia Minor with the expressed purpose of proving that the history given by Luke in his gospel and in the Acts was inaccurate. His professors had confidently said that Luke could not be right.

 He began to dig in the ancient ruins of Greece and Asia Minor, testing for ancient terms, boundaries, and other items which would be a dead giveaway if a writer had been inventing this history at a later date as claimed. To his amazement, he found that the New Testament Scriptures were accurate to the tiniest detail. So convincing was the evidence that Ramsay himself became a Christian and a great biblical scholar. We still look upon Sir William Ramsay’s books as being a classic as far as the history of the New Testament is concerned.

—Science Returns to God

~Space Age Deepens Spiritual Life

 Walter F. Burke, general manager of Project Mercury and Gemini, and vice-president of the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation, teaches Sunday school in his church. In an interview he declared:

 “I have found nothing in science or space exploration to compel me to throw away my Bible or to reject my Savior, Jesus Christ, in whom I trust. The space age has been a factor in the deepening of my own spiritual life. I read the Bible more now. I get from the Bible what I cannot get from science—the really important things of life.”

—Adventures With God

~Franklin’s Homemade Bible

 That great American, Benjamin Franklin, loved to argue. Occasionally he would find himself overwhelmed by the arguments of his learned friends. At such times he often would say: “Give me a day to think the matter over, for I’m correct.”

 Meanwhile he would go to his print shop, set up some type in the style of the Bible, and express his position and argument in Bible language. He would then return next day to his opponents and proudly proclaim; “Whatever you may think, you cannot get away from the fact that Holy Scripture supports my arguments. As it is said in the Book of John … ” The ruse worked every time.

 

~ Standard Equipment On Pony Express

 The pony express was a thrilling part of early American history. It ran from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, Califor nia—a distance of 1,900 miles. The trip was made in ten days. Forty men, each riding 50 miles a day, dashed along the trail on 500 of the best horses the West could provide.

 To conserve weight, clothing was very light, saddles were extremely small and thin, and no weapons were carried. The horses themselves wore small shoes or none at all. The mail pouches were flat and very conservative in size. Letters had to be written on thin paper, and postage was $5.00 an ounce (a tremendous sum those days).

 Yet, each rider carried a full-sized Bible! It was presented to him when he joined the pony express, and he took it with him despite all the scrupulous weight precautions.

—Our Daily Bread

~ Library Of Congress’ Prettiest Book

 The Library of Congress has millions of books. But its most beautiful volume is a Bible copied by a monk in the 16th century. Even the best printer in America or Europe cannot surpass its matchless perfection.

 In this thousand-page Bible, are written in black ink the German text of the Scriptures. Each letter is perfect, without a scratch or blot anywhere. There are two columns to a page, and even under a magnifying glass, not the slightest irregularity of line space or letter formation can be noticed. At the beginning of each chapter, the first letter is very large—two to three inches long—and is brightly illuminated in red and blue ink. Then the figure of some saint or some incident narrated in the chapter is drawn into the inner spaces of the first letters.

 Legend has it that a young man who had sinned deeply became a monk and determined to copy the Scriptures so that he might learn every letter of the Divine commands. For many years he pursued this self-imposed task, each letter wrought with reverence and love. When the last touch was given to the last letter, the old man (for he had became old) kissed the page and ended his work.

~Stanley Left One Book In Pack

 When Stanley started across the continent of Africa he had seventy-three books in three packs, weighing 180 pounds. After he had gone three hundred miles, he was obliged to throw away some of his books, through the fatigue of those carrying his baggage. As he continued on his journey, his library grew less and less, until he had but one book left. You can imagine its name—the Bible. It is said that he read that book through three times during the journey.

~ In Prison With 3 Books

 The editor of a well-known London newspaper sent a letter of inquiry to one hundred important peers, members of parliament, university professors, authors, merchants—a varied list. The inquiry was: “Suppose you were sent to prison for three years and you could only take three books with you. Which three would you choose? Please state them in order of their importance.”

 Out of the replies, ninety-eight put one book first on their list—the Bible. Few of those men were keen about religion, many were not even church-goers; others were agnostics ar atheists. Yet they knew that no other book could give them cheer and comfort to help in dark, difficult days.

—Upward

~ Best Purchase Of Wanamaker

 John Wanamaker, one of the country’s greatest merchants, said: “I have of course made large purchases of property in my lifetime … and the buildings and grounds in which we are now meeting represent a value of approximately twenty billion dollars.

 “But it was as a boy in the country, at eleven years of age, that I made my biggest purchase. In a little mission Sunday school, I bought from my teacher a small, red, leather Bible. The Bible cost me $2.75—which I paid in small installments as I saved. That was my greatest purchase, for that Bible made me what I am today.”

 After that statement, the New York Herald Tribune captioned its write-up thus: “LATER DEALS IN MILLIONS CALLED SMALL COMPARED WITH BUYING HOLY WRIT AT ELEVEN.”

 

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