Friday Facts - Bible History

On Fridays for the next few weeks, I'm going to post some interesting facts (or, at least I hope they are interesting to you) about the Bible. Today will be the history about when and how the King James Version of the Bible was written and translated. Next week I'll post some facts about books in the Bible and so on. I just love this sort of information. Trivia I guess some people would call it. And, just in case you were wondering.... YES, I do enjoy a good game of Trivial Pursuit! :)

The Bible was written by approximately 40 men over a period of 1600 years dating from 1500 BC to about 100 years after Christ. These men wrote the scripture as they were inspired by God. (2 Timothy 3:16)

The first translation of the English Bible was initiated by John Wycliffe and completed by John Purvey in 1388.

The Bible has since been translated in part or in whole into over 1200 languages and dialects.

The Bible was divided into chapters by Stephen Langton in 1228. The Old Testament was divided into verses by R. Nathan in 1488 and the New Testament by Robert Stephanus in 1551.

The entire Bible divided into chapters and verses first appeared in the Geneva Bible of 1560.

Today the Bible is the largest seller of all books published.

8 Thoughts Shared:

Joan said...

Thanks, Melanie,

I like trivia too. Looking forward to more bible facts to come.

God Bless

Jill said...

I love all the labor of love that has gone into HIS word!

Thanks for sharing!

Debra said...


Have you ever been to the Holy Lane Experience in Orlando? We've been a couple of times and they have the most precious pieces of the Bible that have handwritten pieces on them in glass casings.

Your heart will just race and then your throat will have the biggest lump in it as you see these pieces of paper that have writings on them from men who were inspired by God!! It truly is awesome!!

Thank you for your insight into this. May the Lord bless you as you share with us these wonderful truths!!

Laurie Ann said...

I love learning things like this. I'm looking forward to everything you'll share. I'm so glad the Bible is still the best seller!

BP said...

Thanks for sharing this. It is interesting to me when the chapters/verses were added.

Tracy said...

Fascinating facts about a fascinating book! Thank you so much for sharing this. I love learning things like this.

Thank you also for your faithful prayers and encouragement this week. You are a blessing to my life! = )


Tricia said...

I just love the Word of God, and these facts are so interesting! Thanks for sharing!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

It is truly amazing if you think about all the work that went into the Bible!