The Number of Authors is 50. About 30 books are mentioned in the Bible, but not included in the canon.
Old Testament New Testament Total.
Books 30 27 66
Chapters 929 260 1,189
Verses 23,214 7,959 31,173
Words 592,439 181,253 773,692
Letters 2,728,800 838,380 3,567,180
(between verses 17 and 18)
Ezra vii. 21 contains all the letters of the alphabet except j. 2 Kings xix. and Isaiah xxxvii. are exactly alike.
The last two verses of 2 Chron. and the opening verses of Ezra are alike. Ezra ii. and Nehemiah vii are alike.
The word and occurs in the Old Testament 35,543 times.
The word and occurs in the New Testament 10,684 times. The word Jehovah occurs 6,835 times.
The letter Mem in the Hebrew text occurs 77,778 times.
The letter Vau in the Hebrew text occurs 76,922 times. (These are the most frequent.) The letter Teth occurs 11,052 times.
The letter Samech occurs 13,580 times. (These are the least frequent.) The Bible was divided into chapters by Cardinal. Hugo de Sancto-Caro, about 1236. The Old Testament was divided into verses by Rabbi Mordecai Nathan; and the New Testament, in 1544, by
R. Stephens, a French printer, it is said, while on horseback.
Of the 3,000 languages and dialects on the earth, the Bible has been translated into 180. The Septuagint, a translation into Greek, was made in Egypt 285 B.C.
The first complete English translation was by Wicklif, A.D. 1380; the first French translation, in 1160; the first German, in 1460; the first American edition was printed at Boston in 1752.
The oldest MS. of the Bible in the British Museum is the “Codex Alexandrinus.” Parts of the New Testament are omitted. The “Codex Vaticanus” is the oldest in the Vatican Library at Rome.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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