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About the Bible…

The Bible The Bible is unique among “Holy Books;” it is rooted in and intertwined with actual human history.

The Bible claims to be “the word of God.” It records the interaction of God with historical people and nations. It reveals the meaning of life and the responsibility of human beings to their Creator.

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66 books—The Bible is actually a collection of books, some long, some short. This book of books is the world’s all-time best seller and the world’s most translated book.

Two major sections

The Bible’s two major sections are the Old Testament and the New Testament. (What’s so new about the New Testament?) (Answer also available in Hungarian, Spanish)

The Old Testament has…
  • 39 books
  • 929 chapters
  • 23,214 verses
  • 593,493 words
  • Longest book: Psalms
  • Shortest book: Obadiah (3rd shortest book in the Bible)
The New Testament has…
The nine sub-sections of the Bible

The Bible’s books are arranged by TYPE, rather than chronologically.
1.
Books of Moses and the Law
2.
History books
3.
Wisdom books
4.
Prophets’ books
5.
Gospels
Jesus Life and the way of salvation

Matthew
Mark
Luke
John

Also see: About the Gospels
6.
History of the early church
7.
Paul’s letters
8.
Other letters
9.
Apocalypse

Learn about each of the 66 books (description and background)…
OLD TESTAMENT:
NEW TESTAMENT:

Illustrated chronological summary of the Bible

God’s Story. Click here.
Multimedia journey through the Bible
Want to understand the Bible better? Start with God’s Story, a wonderful, multimedia summary of the Bible, chronologically from Creation to eternity.

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The ChristianAnswers On-line Bible Encyclopedia

Use our free, on-line BIBLE ENCYCLOPEDIA to learn about virtually every word, person and place in the Bible. It’s huge and cross-referenced with the Bible and our answers! See such words as Bible, Canon, Scripture, Inspiration of Scripture, Word of God, Apocrypha, and King James Words Defined.

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Free lesson plans


Fun facts

Last word in the Bible: Amen (Rev. 22:21)
Longest word (and name): Mahershalalhashbaz (Isaiah 8:1)
Shortest verse: John 11:35 (2 words: “Jesus wept”)
Longest verse: Esther 8:9
Shortest book (number of words): 3 John
Longest book: Psalms (150 chapters)
Middle books: Micah and Nahum
Chapters: 1,189
Longest chapter: Psalm 119 (176 verses)
Shortest chapter (number of words): Psalm 117
Number of times the word “God” appears: 3,358 (It appears in every book except Esther and Song of Solomon.)
Number of times the word “Lord” appears: 7,736
Number of different authors: Over 40
Number of languages the Bible has been translated into: 513—have full Bible
2,817—have some portion of the Bible
(as of 2014)
Number of new Bibles distributed (sold or given away) in the U.S.: About 168,000 per day (as of 2001)

Read the Bible

The Web Bible
Visit our on-line Bible and study center
Read it!
We urge you to read the Bible for yourself. It’s an adventure. If you don’t have time to read the whole thing immediately, we suggest that you begin with Genesis (the book of beginnings) and then read the book of John.

We offer two plans to help you get through reading the entire Bible: a One-Year program (arranged by book type) or a Three-Year program (arranged simply from Genesis to Revelation).

Our annotated, cross-referenced, red-letter Web Bible…

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New Testament: 

Search the Bible in several versions (off-site):
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Passage (eg. John 3:16):

Search word(s) (eg. saved):


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More of our Bible resources

Kid Explorers link Learn more about the world’s most amazing book in our Kid Explorers Rain Forest
Archaeology and the Bible
Reliability of the Bible - Did the people, places and events of the Bible really happen? What has archaeology proved?
Creation SuperLibrary
Has science disproved the Bible? What about Evolution, radioactive dating, ape-men, etc.?
Dinosaurs and the Bible
What about dinosaurs? Doesn’t their existence show that the Bible is not true?

BIBLE ANSWERS
Get answers to your questions about the Bible and related topics

Answers on many topics…
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RECOMMENDED RESOURCES for Bible teachers and pastors

Discovering the Bible - click to learn more.

You can easily teach others about the Bible in a way that they will love and remember! This is the media generation—use videos! The beautiful Discovering the Bible curriculum effectively explains what the Bible is, how we got it, and how to use it. The series was photographed around the world. It is very accurate and audiences love it. We use it ourselves. Conservative, Bible-believing. Available on-line

Faith Lessons - click to learn more.

Another favorite is Faith Lessons—Perfect for Bible studies, these high quality, faith-strengthening videos take you to Israel where so many biblical events happened. They reveal excellent perspectives and background in helping people better understand important stories in the Bible and how to live the Christian life. There is nothing else like it. Excellent! Closed Captioned for the hearing impaired. Available on-line

Go to the Web Bible Home page

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