Bible

The Holy Bible is the greatest book ever written.  It is considered the best selling publication in history, with over five billion copies sold.  Great leaders in education, industry, politics, and the military have expressed their deep faith and respect for it.  Here are a few quotes.

“I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from The Savior of the world is communicated to us through this Book.”Abraham Lincoln

“Hold fast to the Bible. To the influence of this Book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization and to this we must look as our guide in the future.” — Ulysses S. Grant

“The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed.”Patrick Henry

That Book, sir, is the Rock on which our Republic rests.” — Andrew Jackson

 “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”George Washington

“If there is anything in my thoughts or style to commend, the credit is due to my parents for instilling in me an early love of the Scriptures.”Daniel Webster

“The Bible must be considered as the great source of all the truth by which men are to be guided in government as well as in all social transactions.” — Noah Webster

“It is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Bible-reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom.”Horace Greeley

“We account the scriptures of God to be the most sublime philosophy. I find more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history whatsoever.”Isaac Newton

“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.”Theodore Roosevelt

The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount.  The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and Saint Matthew, from Isaiah and Saint Paul … If we don’t have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State!” — Harry S. Truman

“When you have read the Bible, you know it is the word of God, because it is the key to your heart, your own happiness, and your own duty.”Woodrow Wilson

“Of the many influences that have shaped the United States into a distinctive nation and people, none may be said to be more fundamental and enduring than the Bible.” Ronald Reagan

“So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society. I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year.”John Quincy Adams

“The New Testament is the very best book that ever was or ever will be known in the world.”Charles Dickens

“Another century and there will not be a Bible on earth!”Voltaire (1694-1778 …. oops!)

“Voltaire expected that within fifty years of his lifetime there would not be one Bible in the world. His house is now a distribution center for Bibles in many languages.”Corrie Ten Boom


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Here are a few fun facts about the Bible.

  • Dogs are mentioned fourteen times in the Bible, but domestic cats are not mentioned at all.
  • The word “eternity” is mentioned only once: Isaiah 57:15.
  • Seven suicides are recorded in the Bible.   Abimelech (Judges 9:52-54), Ahithophel (II Sam 17:23), Zimri (I Kings 16:18), Saul and his armor-bearer ( I Chr 10:1-6), Samson (Judges 16:28), and Judas Iscariot (Matt 27:3-5; Acts 1:18)
  • The word “trinity” is not mentioned in the Bible.
  • The Bible, the world’s best-selling book, is also the world’s most shoplifted book.
  • Chapters were introduced to the Bible in 1238 by Cardinal Hugo de S. Caro. Verse divisions were not added until 1551 by Robertus Stephanus.
  • The longest verse in the Bible is Esther 8:9 with 90 words. The shortest verse is John 11:35 with only 2 words, “Jesus wept.”
  • II Kings 18:17-37 is nearly identical to Isaiah 36:2-22.
  • Noah was a woman.  She was the daughter of Zelophehad (Numbers 27:1), not the Noah who built the ark.
  • There were four men in the Bible who fasted for forty days.  Moses, Joshua, Elijah, and Jesus.
  • The Bible says that the earth is round. (Isaiah 40:22)  When it refers to the four corners of the earth in Ezekiel and Isaiah it’s actually referring to the four divisions of the earth as is commonly seen on an atlas.  The Hebrew word translated “corner” is kanaph, which refers to the most remote regions as a corner is the most remote region of a rectangle.
  • There are dozens of books referred to in the Bible that aren’t included in the 66 books of the Bible. Wikipedia – Non-Canonical Books
  • Servants in the time of Christ sometimes handled large amounts of money. (Mat. 18:23,24; Luke 16:1-13)
  • Angels in the Bible appear as male, and never female.  In Zechariah 5:9 there is a reference to the prophet seeing a vision of women with wings, but the Hebrew word for “women” (nashiym) is used rather than the Hebrew word for “angel” (malak), leading us to conclude that the vision included women in a symbolic manner.

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