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.
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! Here are 7 things about the Bible that you might not know!
1. God May Have Set the Pace for the Workday Starting at 9:00 a.m.
One of the questions scholars and historians alike have been trying to answer for centuries is just when was Adam created? Through studying the Biblical text and calculations, in 1650, Archbishop James Ussher calculated that the world was created at about 4004 B.C. A few years later, a man named John Lightfoot calculated that Adam was created on October 23rd at 9:00 a.m. How he came to that exact conclusion, we can't be sure, but if he's correct, it would mean that God might have been the first to adhere to the 9-to-5 work day that we're accustomed to today!
2. The Waters were Parted Three Separate Times in the Bible
Of course we all know the story of Moses parting the Red Sea to scare the crap out of some fis-um, I mean, to lead the Israelites out of captivity, but did you know that there are two other times in the Bible when waters were split so someone could cross? In fact, both instances occurred at the Jordan River. The first time the Jordan was separated was for Joshua to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land, after 40 years of wandering in the desert. That's right, the journey of the Israelites started and also ended with the parting of water! The second time the Jordan was parted occurred when Elijah and Elisha needed to cross.