* About forty men were engaged in the writing of the Bible, during a period of about 1,600 years-that is, from 1500 B.C. to A.D. 100. Why not begin to read the Bible through this year? It will be time well spent. All that Homer had to say has been told in twenty modern languages. Shakespeare has been translated into forty languages. All that Tolstoy declared to the world has found expression in sixty languages. Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress talks today in 118 languages. But the Bible, in whole or part, is translated into more than 1,100+ different languages and dialects. The Bible has been translated into more languages and dialects than any other book ever written.
* These men wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Pet. 1:21). Their words were not of human wisdom, but were divinely taught (1 Cor. 2:13).
* The Bible contains 3,566,480 letters, 773,746 words, 31,102 verses, 1,189 chapters, and 66 books. The Old Testament has 39 books and 929 chapters; the New Testament, 27 books and 260 chapters. In length, the average word contains fewer than five letters. The word "Jehovah" occurs 6,855 times (ASV). The word "Lord" occurs 1,853 times. The word "and" occurs 46,277 times, and the word "reverend" but once (Ps. 111 :9). (It refers to God.) .
* The book of Esther contains ten chapters, but neither the word "Lord" nor "God" is to be found in it. . The middle chapter and the shortest chapter is Psalm 117. It contains only two verses.
* The shortest verse in the New Testament, in English, is John 11 :35; in Greek, 1 Thessalonians 5:16. "Blessed is he that readeth"... (Revelation 1:3).