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11 Surprising Facts About the Bible

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By    |   Thursday, 26 September 2019 06:31 AM

Did you know that the Bible is one of the most frequently shoplifted books? And that King Solomon is described to have had 700 wives? These are just two really surprising facts about the Bible from a long list compiled by Reader's Digest. Here we take a look at 11 interesting tidbits from that report:

  1. Lost in translation. Translating the Bible used to be punishable by death. In 1536, William Tyndale was burned at the stake for doing so. And in the 14th century, the Roman Catholic Church dug up the body of John Wycliffe, burned it, and then dumped his ashes in a river for translating the Bible.
  2. An adulterous affair. In 1631, publisher Robert Barker accidentally omitted the word "not" from the seventh Commandment in about 1,000 copies of the Bible, which were distributed with instruction that "Thou shalt commit adultery." There are now only nine copies of this Sinner's Bible left.
  3. A collector's edition. One simple typo in the Book of Ruth in 1611, which changed God's gender from "he" to "she," caused quite a bit of controversy. Then it became a collector’s item. A copy of the book showed up a few years back at a church in Lancashire and was valued at over $65,000.
  4. The smallest Bible. There exists a Nano Bible, which is a five-by-five millimeter aluminum disk upon which 1.2 million letters of the Old Testament have been printed.
  5. The largest Bible. On the opposite end of the scale, the largest Bible weighs over 1,000 pounds. It is 43.5 inches tall and when opened, it measures 98 inches in width.
  6. A book of Lego. An artist decided to get creative and illustrated the Bible using only Lego blocks. Author and artist Elbe Spurling recreated scenes from the Good Book with Lego building bricks and then photographed them. The result is the Brick Bible.
  7. Animal matters. Sheep are the most frequently mentioned animals in the Bible but there are about 100 others referenced as well. Crocodiles, hartebeest, cheetahs, bears, and lions all make an appearance.
  8. Going nude. Adam and Eve excluded, the first Bible character to shed his clothing was the prophet Isaiah, who was said to have roamed naked for three years.
  9. A glimpse into the future. For years, people have turned to the Bible for answers at random. Bibliomancy is a thing and it refers to the practice of opening the Bible at random and choosing a passage in hopes of gaining a glimpse into the future or divine answers.
  10. The name game. Biblical names continue to be among the top choices for new parents. In fact, more than half of the top 50 baby names for boys originated from the Bible in 2017.
  11. Weird words. Not all biblical names are popular. Perhaps the strangest is Mahershalalhashbaz, the son of prophet Isaiah. Other less common names include Nebuchadnezzar, Abednego, and Nimrod.

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Did you know that the Bible is one of the most frequently shoplifted books? And that King Solomon is described to have had 700 wives? These are just two really surprising facts about the Bible from a long list compiled by Reader's Digest.
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Thursday, 26 September 2019 06:31 AM
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