Whether you believe it to be the word of God or merely an interesting piece of ancient literature, chances are that you’re familiar with the collection of books known as The Holy Bible. Both the best-selling and most shoplifted book in the world, the Bible has sparked the imaginations and spirits of people around the globe for thousands of years. As familiar as the sight of a Bible may seem, whether it be on your bedside table or in the drawer of every hotel room you’ve ever visited, we’re willing to bet that there are some surprising things in the Bible that can still blow you away.
Here we’ve gathered a collection of everything from controversial bible verses to little-known facts about Biblical figures that are sure to give you a killer conversation starter or two. We’ve attempted to assemble a non-biased collection of fun Bible facts that will spark your interest, whether you’re a hardcore believer or the most resolute skeptic on the block.So whether you’re out to gain a better knowledge and understanding of your faith or are just looking for new ways to relate to your scripture-packing pals, you'll be fascinated by this list. These crazy bible verses and fun facts will hopefully give you interesting new ways to look at old stereotypes, scripture based ammo that will shut down haters in their tracks, and a new understanding of one of the world’s most interesting ancient texts.
Unicorns Are Mentioned Not Once, but Many Times Throughout the Bible
Though most modern translations have since replaced it with other words, the King James Version uses the term "unicorn" a staggering number of times.
Isaiah 34:7- "And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness."
Psalm 22:21- "Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns."
Deuteronomy 33:17- "His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns."The mythical creatures are also mentioned in Psalm 92: 10, Psalm 29:6, Job 39:9-12, Numbers 24:8, Numbers 23:22.
Many of the Names in Gensis Incorporate the Ancient Hebrew Name for 'God'
In Exodus 6:3, God tells Moses that He appeared to Abraham, Issac, and Jacob using the name El Shaddai (which means 'God Almighty'). He did not reveal Himself to them by the name "Yahweh."
Evidence of this can be seen in the fact that many of the names of the characters in Genesis incorporate the term 'El."For instance: Ishma-EL, Ab-EL, and Isra-EL. It was also incorporated into the names of all the archangels, such as Gabri-EL, Micha-EL, and Rapha-EL.
Eve's Apple Incident Wasn't Why She and Adam Were Kicked Out of Eden
Though many people believe that Adam and Eve were kicked out of Eden because Eve couldn't keep her curiosity (or hunger) in check at the Tree of Knowledge, their banishment was actually meant to keep them from eating from a second, often overlooked tree called "The Tree of Life."In Genesis 3:22-23, God implies that now that humanity knew of the existence of good and evil, the last thing He wanted was them taking a chomp out of the Tree of Life's fruit - which would've made them immortal - until He could tell which side they were going to come down on.
Christ Probably Couldn't Have Even Pronounced the Name "Jesus"
Though Christians around the world know the Christ of the Bible as "Jesus," this not only was not His actual name, but it was a name He probably wouldn't even have been able to pronounce. You see, the letter "J" didn't even exist in any language until about the 14th century and is absent to this day from the Hebrew alphabet.Jesus would have most likely spoken either Aramaic, in which His name would've been pronounced "Eashoa," or Hebrew, in which His name would've been "Yeshua."