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Do you Know about the Bible?
The King James, Gutenberg and more?
Is there a typo in this Bible?
In This Bible Quiz we answer questions about the good book itself.

Test your knowledge!



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#1. What does the word Bible mean?

The English word for the Good Book is “bible,” which is derived from the Latin word ‘biblia’ or the Greek word “byblos. According to the Encyclopedia of Britannica, byblos traces to the Phoencian port city of Gebal, which the Greeks called Byblos. One of the oldest cities in the world, Byblos was a hub for papyrus, a thick paper used by ancients for writing. The Greek name for papyrus was ‘byblos,’ which linked the city with the modern word.


#2. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Bible is?

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Bible is the best-selling and most widely distributed book in the entire world. Though it’s impossible to know exactly how many have been sold over the last 3,000 years, Guinness estimates somewhere around 5 trillion.


#3. What country is the largest publisher of Bibles?

It may or may not come as a surprise to you that China is the largest producer of Bibles in the world, as they’ve been the largest exporter of goods since 2009. The country exports Bibles to 70 other countries thanks to a partnership between the Amity Printing Company and United Bible Societies, who have distributed more than 160 million Bibles as of March 2017. That number may not rise as quickly as first anticipated though — CNN reports that earlier this year, Beijing pulled Bibles from online stores like Amazon in an effort to control religion.


#4. Was the Bible written before Jesus’ birth

Although Jesus’ life and teachings are a central aspect of the Bible, it’s construction actually began many years before his birth. The Old Testament, which was the original Hebrew Bible, is a compilation of many sacred Jewish scriptures that were written between 1200 and 165 BC, according to BBC.


#5. Filled with letters, stories, songs, and poetry spanning the course of hundreds of years, the Bible is essentially what?

Filled with letters, stories, songs, and poetry spanning the course of hundreds of years, the Bible is essentially an entire library. According to BBC, the Old Testament containing Jewish scripture and the messages of Moses has 39 books, while the New Testament has 27 books focusing on the life and teachings of Jesus.


#6. What is a collection of 150 lyrical hymns in the Old Testament that were written between 1400-450 BC

The Book of Psalms is a collection of 150 lyrical hymns in the Old Testament that were written between 1400-450 BC. It’s one of the only two Old Testament books (Proverbs is the other) to contain the work of multiple authors, according to the Catholic News Agency, including David, Solomon, Asaph, and countless others.


#7. What is the shortest chapter in the Bible

With just two verses, Psalm 117:1 is short and sweet, calling on mankind to praise the name of the Lord, according to Bible Study Tools. The shortest verse, on the other hand, comes from John 11:35, which simply states, “Jesus wept.”


#8. How many languages has the Bible been translated into?

Reading this ancient book takes you through such a large chunk of history. Its messages and stories were initially passed by word and then recorded by scribes, leaving us with a 788,280-page book that’s been translated into more than 600 languages.


#9. Was there ever a major typo in the Bible?

One interesting 17th century Bible issued by publisher Robert Baker accidentally wrote the 7th Commandment as, “Though shalt commit adultery,” encouraging people to cheat on their spouses. According to Reader’s Digest, about 1,000 copies of the Sinner’s Bible — also known as the Adulterous Bible or the Wicked Bible — were distributed before anyone had noticed.


#10. The most expensive Bible in the world is worth millions. What is the name of this Bible?

The Gutenberg Bible was the first edition to be produced with a moveable-type printer throughout the 1450s, according to Reader’s Digest. A copy sold to Japanese bookseller Maruzen Co. Ltd for a whopping $5.4 million, and to this day it holds the record for the most expensive Bible ever sold.