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The origin of the word "Bible" is something very curious, given that this word does not appear in any of its pages or in the passages that comprise it. Remembering certain verses or being able to recognize how much we know about the mysteries of the sacred scriptures will bring you closer to the Holy Spirit. Explore these curiosities in the following message.
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
The origin of the word Bible is something very curious, given that this word does not appear in any of its pages or in the passages that comprise it. It originates from a Greek word that means "papyrus for writing." Furthermore, Constantine was first to use this word, since it made reference to Byblos, a Phoenician city (which is currently called Jubayl and is near Beirut in Lebanon).
“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Almost everyone knows the story of David and Goliath, since it is widely told in many places and is a well-known story. However, not many have considered a small detail that is indicated in the holy texts. And it is that Goliath did not really die from a stone thrown by the daring shepherd. In Samuel 17: 48-51, we discover that Goliath ended up dying by his own sword.
“Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.” Phillipians 2:14-16
Eve is a very special name, since it means "to live" and applied to oneself, it would be "the one that gives life". Adam chose this name because she would be the mother of all living people. Also, some have the mistaken idea that this name was given to them by God, but the truth is that he called her Sara.
“And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but that man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.” Deuteronomy 8:3
The longevity of some of Biblical characters is somewhat questionable, because, for example, in Genesis we are told of people who exceeded 900 years of age, such as: Adam, Set, Jared, Noah, etc. But this is because the early Jewish tribes used lunar months to measure time. Therefore, Methuselah who had 969 lunar months when he died, his age would be equivalent to 78.5 years.
"He reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature, upholding the universe by his word of power. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,” Hebrews 1:3
Numbers play a leading role in the scriptures, since everything that appears in it, has a meaning. For example: The number one symbolizes everything that has to do with God, the number three is the whole, the number six is the number of imperfection, while the number seven is of perfection, etc. Therefore, when reading a numerical data, remember that it tries to share something more than merely a quantity.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as you teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16
The Bible in numbers: The Bible has 773,693 words; 3,566,480 letters; 31,163 verses and 1,189 chapters. It mentions 2,930 characters and the word Lord is repeated 1,855 times. The center of the Bible is in Psalm 118:8. The shortest chapter is Psalms 117, while the longest is Psalms 119. Psalms 14 and 53 are the same. The shortest verse is Exodus 20:13, while the longest is Ester 8:9
“My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart.” Proverbs 4:20-21
Another curiosity in the Bible is that each of the books that make up the Bible are divided into chapters and verses, except five of them. The five books that are not divided by chapters are Obadiah, Philemon, 2 John, 3 John and Judas. This is because they are short books that are only divided into verses. Chapters were introduced into the Bible in 1238 by Cardinal Hugo of S. Caro. And the verses were not added until 1551 by Robertus Step.
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