Bible Trivia and Fun Facts
Bible trivia and little known facts
The Bible is reportedly the best selling book ever. No doubt it has stood the test of time to be one of the most cherished literary works of all time.
Christians keep their Bibles handy and follow it as a guide. Many others enjoy it for a piece of history, or even a book to be read for pleasure.
Either way, The Bible is a remarkable book, full of many surprises.
Have you taken the time to read The Bible all the way through? It's a fun way to have devotions and see for yourself what is really in The Bible.
Even though many have said the King James Version is not exactly correct, we do have many scholars who admit the King James Version is indeed very, very close to what was originally intended.
So, are you ready for some little know facts and trivia about The Bible?
*Please note this lens refers to the Kings James Version of The Bible
Also, this is not meant as some site meant to make any scientific or religious claims. Or arguments.
A word you might not expect.
Is it really in The Bible?
Much has been said that the word, "Christmas" is not in The Bible. It's not. But how about other Christian holidays?
Did you know the word, Easter is indeed mentioned in The Bible? The word was translated for passover, but since Christians celebrate Easter now and not passover, the word Easter is mentioned.
Where is it? Acts 12:4
A Shakespeare connection?
This one may leave you wondering.
At the time King James, 1604, a new version of The Bible was commissioned. It was finished in 1611.
During this time, William Shakespeare was one of the most prolific writers. Have you read the old English style of The Bible? Very similar to some Shakespeare plays in the way the old language was spoken.
Since William Shakespeare was well known writer during this time, would it be possible that he actually translated some of The Bible?
William Shakespeare at the time of the finishing of the translation in 1611, would have been 46. If you go to Psalm 46 and count 46 words, you come to the word "shake." Count 46 words from the end of Psalm 46, you come to word "spear." Could it be he left his mark?
What is the Peanuts Connection?
We all know Linus is a character from the Charlie Brown Peanuts gang cartoons.
But did you know the name is mentioned in The Bible?
Only once, in 2 Timothy 4:19-22.
"Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. Erastus stayed in Corinth, but Trophimus I have left in Miletus sick. Do your utmost to come before winter. Eubulus greets you, as well as Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brethren. The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you. Amen."
There are some things we can know about Linus. He obviously knew Paul and Timothy. It is speculated that he was a top leader of the Christian church in Rome, and became maybe the first Bishop.
Jonah, swallowed by a fish or a whale?
Many people are very adamant about Jonah being swallowed by a fish and not a whale. It seems every time the story is told, we over-emphasize the fish part.
The truth is, Jesus said this:
"For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." Matthew 12:40.
So one cannot really claim that Jonah was swallowed by a fish with 100% certainty.
Whales are actually mentioned three other times in The Bible.
And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?
Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say unto him, Thou art like a young lion of the nations, and thou art as a whale in the seas: and thou camest forth with thy rivers, and troubledst the waters with thy feet, and fouledst their rivers.
Did you know that?
The Earth is Flat?
Much has been said about certain religious people and scientists at one time thinking the earth was flat. That somehow, when you got so far, you dropped off the edge.
But does The Bible really say anything to infer that?
In fact, it might make you surprised to hear that The Bible refers to the earth not as a flat square, but as something round. Quite remarkable to actually read this passage from Isaiah 40:22:
"It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in..."
Does not that image of one on a circle, looking down from the heavens, as seeing something round? What do you think?
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