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What Is the Longest Book in the Bible?

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Most resources claim that the book of Psalms is the longest book in the Old Testament, and therefore the Bible.

The claim is probably wrong.

If the calculation is based on the number of verses or the number of “chapters” or the number of pages, it is correct. But since those aren’t part of the original, they properly shouldn’t be considered to be the right criteria.

And if we’re being technical, English word-count shouldn’t be sufficient, either.

Here is a more refined set of date, courtesy of David J. Reimer (senior lecturer, Hebrew and Old Testament University of Edinburgh, who penned the notes on Ezekiel for the ESV Study Bible).

“Graphic units” counts the number of Hebrew words in a particular books using BibleWorks (e.g., there are seven “graphic units” in Genesis 1:1). “Morphological units” was found according to the Groves-Wheeler Westminster Morphological database (separates prefixed elements, but not pronominal suffixes; e.g., there are eleven in Genesis 1:1). The “Bytes” figure calculated the length of the Hebrew book in ASCII format (i.e., so there would be no interference from extraneous word-processor code).

Here are the results of the top 10:

Order Book # Verses in Book Graph-unit Hits Morph-unit Hits Bytes
 1. Jer 1,364 22,285 30,203 241,209
 2. Gen 1,533 20,722 28,848 226,894
 3. Psa 2,527 19,662 25,465 238,562
 4. Eze 1,273 19,053 26,572 214,416
 5. Isa 1,291 17,197 23,204 191,777
 6. Exo 1,213 16,890 23,934 184,372
 7. Num 1,289 16,583 23,363 182,945
 8. Deu 959 14,488 20,329 159,872
 9. 2Ch 822 13,520 20,000 154,125
10. 1Sa 811 13,506 19,211 147,392



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July 16, 2013 at 12:56

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Anglican Priest Joins Atheists Calling for End to Bible Study in School

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In New Zealand:

Rev. Clay Nelson wants to put a stop to Bible study in schools because it violates the students’ human right to “freedom of religion”.

From here:

An Anglican leader is urging state schools to ditch the Bible in Schools programme as he believes it is trying to create a loophole around the New Zealand Bill of Rights.

St Matthew in the City Reverend Clay Nelson has joined the atheist run-Secular Education Network in a bid to get the religious education programme out of the country’s primary and secondary schools.

Nelson said the programme is an imposition on the human rights of children as it restricts the freedom of other religions which is protected under the Bill of Rights.

“The biggest reason is the issue of human rights,” Nelson told TV ONE’s Breakfast.

“We believe in freedom of religion and to have Bibles in public schools is in an imposition on the religious freedom of others. To have religious freedom you have to have freedom from the religion of others.”

In the video below Clay declares that he is a “non-theist”, doesn’t believe in the divinity of Jesus and doesn’t believe any of the historic creeds; his faith, he says, thrives on “uncertainty”.

Oddly enough, he still insists on calling himself a Christian; nevertheless, as Kierkegaard pointed out, it doesn’t matter how many times you call a cow a horse – it remains a cow.

See, it’s next to impossible to remain, in good conscience, an Anglican. Pretty soon, it’ll be like saying you’re a non-Christian: One and the same thing.


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July 17, 2012 at 05:55

Biblioblog Rankings – November 2011

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With some great blogs on matters Biblical.

Do check some of them out.


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December 3, 2011 at 12:48

Water into Wine

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Check out some of their other videos here.

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November 17, 2011 at 17:28

Biblical Geography: Drawing a Map of the Holy Land

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A quick and simple geographic map of the Holy Land showing its various (major) parts:

How draw it here.

HT:  Bible Places

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September 9, 2011 at 16:13

Our Current Ignorance of the Scriptures is a Terrible Loss to our Culture

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In the Catholic Herald:

I had lunch with a young evangelical the other day and we talked about the Bible. This led me to reflect that I do not often have conversations about the Bible, and that interest in the Holy Scriptures as such (as opposed to proof texting, which means picking out quotes that back up your opinion on some controversial subject) seems to be a rare thing these days. This is a great pity, I think, especially in the light of the Second Vatican Council which was supposed to inaugurate a new appreciation of the Scriptures among Catholics.

That Catholics are not as interested in Scripture as they might be could be a reflection on how academics treat the Scriptures…

Read on here:

And from the conclusion:

Our current ignorance of the Scriptures represents a terrible loss to our culture. So: next time you sit down to lunch with someone, why not ask them which bit of the Bible they like best? Who knows, you might be in for a pleasant surprise. You might stimulate their interest or revive your own. Whichever way, it sure beats discussing what was on the telly last night.

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September 1, 2011 at 17:28

After Revelation?

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August 24, 2011 at 14:18

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