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.