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The English translation of The Bible

The first translation of an English Bible was initiated in the 7th century. Of course, it was not the English of today: it was Anglo-Saxon. As English developed and new writing styles were introduced, the Bible, or portions of it, often was the first to represent the new exciting language. The history of the translation of the Bible into English is fascinating - and the translation process has been an ongoing process for more than a thousand years.

According to statistics from Wycliffe International, the Society of 
Gideons, and the International Bible Society, the number of new Bibles 
that are sold, given away, or otherwise distributed in the United 
States is about 68,000 per day.

The Bible can be read aloud in 70 hours.

There are 8,674 different Hebrew words in the Bible, 5,624 different 
Greek words, and 12,143 different English words in the King James Version.
A number of verses in the Bible (KJV) contain all but 1 letter of the 

-Ezra 7:21 contains all but the letter j
-Joshua 7:24, 1 Kings 1:9, 1 Chronicles 12:40, 2 Chronicles 36:10, Ezekiel 28:13, Daniel 4:37, and Haggai 1:1 contain all but q.

-2 Kings 16:15 and 1 Chronicles 4:10 contain all but x

-Galatians 1:14 contains all but k.

* The book of Psalms has superscriptions under some of the Psalms (chapters.) These were not counted in this chart because they are not in the verses. Also Psalm 119 has the Hebrew Alphabet translated into English. Even though these words are not in the verses they were counted because they are scattered throughout this Psalm (Chapter.)

* The fourteen epistles of Paul are sometimes accompanied by subscriptions at the end of each letter. These were not counted because they are not in the verses. They are credited to Euthalius, a bishop of the 5th Century. The wording has slightly been modified during the process of time. Some of them seem to disagree with the text.


Total Books - 66 Total Chapters 1,189 Total Verses...31,102

Total words in the 31,102 verses - 788,258 (not including the Hebrew Alphabet in Psalm 119 or the superscriptions listed in some of the Psalms)

Total words in the Hebrew Alphabet in Psalm 119 - 22

Total words on the cover - 2 (HOLY BIBLE)

Total words in the Book Titles - 85 (the full titles as written in the 1611 edition - 374)

Total times the word "CHAPTER" is listed - 1,034 (in 5 books the word is not listed because they only have one chapter)

Total times the word "PSALM" is listed - 150

Total words in superscriptions (sub-titles) of Psalms - 1,034

Total words in subscriptions (concluding remarks) in the epistles of Paul - 186

Total words in Testament dividers - 6 (The Old Testament, The New Testament)

Total words in Table of Contents - 94 (the Book Titles, the Testament dividers plus the phrase Table of Contents) If you use the full titles as in the 1611 edition - 383

The Bible is the best selling book of all time.

The Bible was the first book ever printed. In 1454, Johannes Gutenberg invented the "type mold" print press and began to print the Bible. Life Magazine called this the single most important event of the second millennium.

Stephen Langton first divided the Bible into chapters in 1228.

The Old Testament was first divided by verses in 1448 and the New Testament in 1551.

The first English Bible translation was initiated by John Wycliffe in 1382 and completed by John Purvey in 1388.

The book of Isaiah is constructed much like the entire Bible.

**Bible: 66 books.

**Isaiah: 66 chapters.

**Bible: First 39 books mainly concern Israel.

**Isaiah: First 39 chapters mainly concern Israel.

**Bible: Last 27 books concern the life and coming of Jesus Christ.

**Isaiah: Last 27 chapters concern the life and coming of Jesus Christ.

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