Who doesn't love to learn new things? Well, we all know that it doesn't matter how many times you pick up the Bible, we can always find something new to us inside those pages! We've already covered some, but here are 7 more things about the Bible that you might not know!
1. God isn't even mentioned in 2 books of the Bible.
Was God snubbed by some authors of the Bible? I mean, the Bible is a book inspired by God, written by men of God, that is about God, and the Word IS God! So, how can God be absent from two whole books? Well, He is and He isn't. God is not mentioned in Song of Solomon or Esther. Song of Solomon is a book of love poetry (must be 18 years old to read!) between and man and woman. While God isn't specifically mentioned, many Christians consider this book an allegory for God's love for Israel, or for Christ's love for His Bride, the church. Some Christians even believe these are the ONLY meanings behind Song of Solomon, because there is no way someone can be righteous and enjoy such a sensuous sexual relationship within a Christian marriage... The other book where God isn't mentioned is Esther, which is largely a story of the Jewish people's life and successes while living under Persian rule. Though God may not be a main character, He is certainly behind-the-scenes.
2. Lamentations is a Book of Passion
Lamentations is often ascribed to the prophet Jeremiah and, along with the Book of Jeremiah, we find several passionate, almost depressing, laments. (Jeremiah - The Goth Kid of the Bible.) It's easy to see these books as the rantings of a moody, possibly clinically depressed prophet . But, in truth, Jeremiah wasn't a sad sack. He was a passionate speaker and fighter. He certainly was emotional, but it was mostly brought out by his compassion and empathy for the lost in his community. He wept for the sinful, he argued with God, he opposed false teachers, and he suffered for his stances. He suffered because he cared with a passion few ever feel.
3. Ezekiel Was Censored!
The first chapter of the Book of Ezekiel puts God's majesty on display, but it is considered a difficult to understand, even strange, chapter. And because of this, there was a time in the Jewish society when Jewish young people under the age of 30 weren't even allowed to read it! Talk about your censorship! Imagine what they would have thought of Revelation!
4. cnwbysmvwls (Translation: Can we buy some vowels?)
Much of the original Old Testament was written without vowels, punctuation, or even spaces between words, and the reader had to supply these for themselves to make sense of the text. Thank goodness that's no longer the case. Imagine trying to read out of a KJV written like this!
5. Dinosaurs in the Bible?
There are several instances in the Bible that lead people to believe that dinosaurs once roamed the Earth at the same time as man. In Job, for instance, an animal labeled "behemoth" is mentioned swinging his tail like a cedar tree. Many Bible footnotes say that this probably was hippo, but no hippo (nor any other animal alive today) seems to perfectly fit the description of the animal, nor its habitat, especially the part about the tail. Have you seen a hippo's tail? A cedar tree it ain't. But what kind of large animal could swing a tail like a cedar tree? Several dinosaurs fit that description. The Bible also mentions Leviathan, which some interpret as a whale, a dolphin, or even a crocodile (none of which are really all that similar) due to conflicting descriptions. Is it possible that the word is used to describe multiple kinds of aquatic life or that they are all true descriptions of one animal and Leviathan was actually a large dinosaur that lived in or near the sea. (We seriously need to drain Loch Ness and find out once and for all, people.) Beyond that, there are several mentions of dragons in the Bible. Yet, dragons as we are aware of them today are just myths. But in reality, if we dismiss the extraordinary parts of the dragon myth (breathing fire, guarding treasure, etc.) we are left with a creature very similar to several dinosaurs. In fact, it's possible that many different dinosaurs were once called "dragons", and that they've actually been a part of human history all along until they died out (which would explain their constant presence in historical tales of several societies throughout the ages). Of course, the word "dinosaur" is not in the Bible, but that's mainly because the word "dinosaur" itself is younger than most translations of the Bible.
6. Five Golden Tumors!
In 1 Samuel, we read about a point when the Philistines had stolen the Ark of the Covenant from the Israelites, and God struck them with a plague that manifested in outbreaks of tumors on the body. As this disease was probably spread via a plague of mice/rats, the Philistines tried to end the plague by creating statues of five golden mice and five golden tumors, and sending them into Israelite territory, along with returning the Ark. What would a golden tumor even look like? Just a giant lump? And what would a golden tumor be worth in those days?
7. They Used to Eat "Dove's Dung" -- Maybe.
If you've ever read 2 Kings 6:25 out of the King James Version (or one of several others), you've read that something called "dove's dung" was a food item that sold for a good price when Samaria was under siege. And you probably thought, "That's nasty." Well, don't knock it until you try it, pal. But wait, they can't really be talking about bird poop, can they? Maybe, maybe not. In the New English Bible, it's referred to as "locust beans", and in the New American Bible, they're called "wild onions. The NIV simply says "seed pods". This has led many Bible commentators to speculate that "dove's dung" was the nickname, of sorts, for a plant, what we know today at the "Star of Bethlehem." However, many other versions seem to hammer on the "dung" idea with words like "excrement", "droppings", and "manure", three words that cannot be mistaken for any kind of plant of which I'm aware. Some Bible commentators insist this is referring, not to a plant, but instead to a kind of fertilizer used to grow food. And still others believe that it is indeed referring to bird poop, but that it was used as a kind of salt or ingredient in some dishes and was indeed eaten. So, yeah.