Things You Won’t Believe Are in the Bible
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.
This will just be the first part of a two part series about what’s in the Bible.
1. 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.
2. The Bible Revealed That the Earth Is Round Thousands of Years Ago
Though it was believed for most of history that the earth was flat, Isaiah 40:22 specified that the Earth was round (or a “circle”) thousands of years before humanity realized it was actually true.
3. 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!
4. 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.
5. God Had to Re-Do the Ten Commandments After Moses Broke the First Drafts
Moses had to go back up and have God make a second draft of the Ten Commandments in Exodus 34:1 because he destroyed the first draft while chewing out the Israelites in Exodus 32:19. Though he may appear to be dramatically revealing the first drafts in the picture above, he’s actually winding up to send them spiraling into the crowd below, in the hopes that they’ll nail some wayward Israelite on their way down.
6. There are Two Different Creation Stories in Genesis
The Bible actually contains not one, but two creation stories. The first, found in Genesis 1:1-2:3 details all six days of creation, whereas the second, which is actually believed by many scholars to have been written first, is found in Genesis 2:4-2:24 and focuses mostly on the creation of humanity.
While some claim that the two different stories contradict each other, others claim that they merely focus on different parts of the creation story. Others still claim that the story was intended as a parable and that proving the Garden of Eden actually existed is about as important as proving which road the Good Samaritan was mugged on.
7. Noah Was Old. Like Really Old.
As if building an ark big enough for every creature on earth wasn’t impressive enough, Genesis 7:6 specifies that Noah was about 600 years old by the time he set sail on the flood waters.
8. 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.”
9. “Biblical Marriage” May Not Mean What You Think
It’s ironic that the term “biblical marriage” is thrown around so much these days, because it appears to have been coined by folks who may or may not have actually read the Bible.
Taken literally, the term far from specifies the marriage of one man and one woman, as you’ll see in the list of marriages above – all of which are both mentioned and condoned in the Bible. Biblically speaking, God actually seemed surprisingly open to working with various cultures’ ideas of what marriage should be.
10. 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.”