Friday, September 15, 2006

Bible "trivia"

The following information is not original with me, nor have I verified all of it. If anyone knows of corrections, please list them in the comments.

The Bible was first divided into chapters by Cardinal Hugo de Sancto Caro. The first division of verses was completed by Paris printer Robert Stevens in 1550. The first "Red Letter" edition of the Bible was published in 1901 (the New Testament only was printed in 1899).

Chapters (this information considers individual Psalms as chapters; I was taught that each Psalm is an individual song/hymn and therefore technically not a chapter)
The King James Bible is divided in 1189 chapters, 929 in the Old Testament and 260 in the New Testament. The middle chapter of the Bible is Psalm 117, having 594 chapters before it and after it. Psalm 117 is also considered the shortest chapter in the Bible. The longest chapter in the Bible in Psalm 119. The longest chapter in the Bible not a psalm is Numbers chapter 7, with 1939 words in 89 verses.

There are 31,101 verses in the Bible. Psalm 103:2 is the middle verse of the Bible. The longest verse in the Bible is Esther 8:9 and the shortest verse is John 11:35. Ezra 7:21 includes every letter of the English alphabet except the letter "j".

The name "Jesus" is found in both the first and last verses of the New Testament.

[Source: "The Bible Readers' Aids," Charles H. H. Wright, ed., pp. 16, 17; King James Version Bible, edition KWM-14-5941 by World Bible Publishers.]

1 comment:

amity said...

I thought I would just look up Psalm 103:2. It says:

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits."

A pretty good center of gravity.