1. The Bible is widely considered to be the best-selling book of all time, with estimated total sales of over 5 billion copies.
  2. The Bible is available in 2,454 languages.
  3. The King James Bible has inspired the lyrics of more pop songs than any other book.
  4. Most scholars say Jesus never viewed himself as creating a new religion per se, just reforming Judaism.
  5. is the world's
  6. largest supplier of
  7. Bibles.
  8. Jehovah's Witnesses don't celebrate birthdays because the only two accounts of birthday parties in the Bible ended in murder.
  9. The Bible is the most shoplifted book in the world.
  10. The Bible, Steve Jobs' Bio, and the Hunger Games, are the most highlighted kindle books ever.
  11. Leo Da Vinci's studies of river erosion convinced him
  12. that Earth is much older than the Bible implies.
  13. Judas sold Jesus for the equivalent of 4 months' pay of a working man.
  14. Bibliomancy is the practice by some people of opening the Bible at random to be guided by whatever verse they see first.
  15. Swearing on the Bible is forbidden by the Bible.
  16. Possessing Bibles, watching South Korean movies and distributing pornography may be punished with death in North Korea.
  17. The Bible was Isaac Newton's greatest passion, writing more about religion than science and mathematics.
  18. When Menelik II, emperor of Ethiopia, felt unwell, he would eat a few pages of the Bible.
  19. There's no physical description of Jesus in the Bible.
  20. 12% of Americans think Joan of Arc was Noah's wife, from the Bible.
  21. In 1631, a huge reprint of the King James Bible was recalled and burnt due to a single typo: the Seventh Commandment stated "Thou shalt commit adultery."
  22. There's an organization that parachutes copies of the Bible into North Korea.
  23. The Bible contains plenty of puns, funny names, humorous imagery, sarcasm and irony.
  24. According to the Bible, David was offered the King's daughter if he came back with 100 foreskins of slain enemies. He came back with 200.
  25. Nowhere in the Bible does it say there were three wise men, just three gifts.
  26. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute or even overtly sexual.
  27. The phrase "God never gives you more than you can handle" never appears in the Bible and actually the opposite is said many times.
  28. There is a version of the Bible translated into Hawaiian Pidgin called 'Da Jesus Book'.
  29. In the Bible, God sent two bears to murder 42 children because they had mocked a man for being bald.
  30. There is a "Gospel of Judas" not found in the Bible that speaks of Judas as the only one of Jesus' disciples who fully understood his teachings. He turned Jesus over to the Romans because Jesus asked him to.
  31. Satan was never named "Lucifer." The only use of the word Lucifer in the Bible was by Isaiah, who was referring to the fall of Babylon, not Satan.
  32. The Gutenberg Bible was the first major book printed using mass-produced movable type.
  33. In Islam, the Bible is considered a revelation from God which had been corrupted by men. The Qur'an from Muhammad came to correct this deviation.
  34. 25 million Bibles were printed in 2011, compared to 208 million IKEA catalogs.
  35. Christopher Columbus showed a keen interest in the Bible and in Biblical prophecies, and would often quote biblical texts in his letters and logs.
  36. In Europe before the 17th century, dinosaur fossils were generally believed to be the remains of giants and other biblical creatures.
  37. The Pentateuch (Torah in Judaism, Old Testament in the Christian Bible), lays down the death penalty for murder, kidnapping, magic, violation of the Sabbath, blasphemy, and a wide range of sexual crimes.
  38. God is never mentioned in the Bible's Book of Esther.
  39. The Dead Sea Scrolls were sold by the discoverer for a sum that, adjusted for inflation, is about US$37.
  40. The only country to have a Bible on its national flag is the Dominican Republic.
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