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.
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."
Many Biblical Heroes Weren't Exactly Upstanding Citizens
If you think the Bible's full of nothing but pious holy-rollers, think again. The truth is, many of the Bible's most famous heroes were anything but flawless.
For example, Exodus 2:12 recounts the tale of a young Moses murdering a guy and trying to hide his body in the sands of Egypt, while the 9th Chapter of Acts reveals that the Apostle Paul murdered hundreds of Christians before becoming one himself.Even King David is busted in 2 Samuel 11: 14-17 for making sure one of his soldiers was killed in battle, rather than face him to confess he'd knocked up his wife while he was away - oops!
None of the Ways We Imagine the Devil Are Biblical
Though most of us tend to picture the devil as a combination of horns, hooves, and a pitchforks, the Bible never really describes him other than as the angel of light he was before he fell from Heaven. Much of his popular imagery is borrowed from pagan dieties such as:
Pan - the horned, half goat god of the ancient Greco-Roman period.
Satyrs - lusty Greco-Roman tempters who also sported hooves, horns, and pointy beards.
Pluto/Hades - the Greek god of the underworld who traditionally carried a pronged scepter, which may have evolved into a pitchfork.Bats - these little guys are pretty creepy and sometime around the Middle Ages, artists started to lend their wings to the devil as a way to contrast the magestic wings of angels.
The Bible Hates Judgey People Just as Much as You Do
Though a common negative stereotype about Christians is that they're sort of the hall monitors of the world, believers who do behave this way do so in opposition to the Bible.
Christ couldn't have been any clearer in Matthew 7: 1-3 when He warned, "Judge not, lest you be judged."Even Paul weighs in, in 1 Corinthians 5:12 when he asks, "What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church?"