DID YOU KNOW; That Old Testament is Written in Rolls, Poetic and Books?

The longest book of the Bible is Jeremiah

This prophet had a lot to say. He even wrote in the twentieth chapter of his book:

But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. (Jeremiah 20:9)

Granted, Jeremiah is the longest book based on how we currently arrange the books of the Bible. If we did it the old school way, the two-part book of Kings would be the longest book.


If you wonder how Christianity has spread to all continents around the world, the answer is a mix of missionaries and colonialism. Today, there are more than 316 000 missionaries traveling the world to spread the words of the Bible.

The Bible is about 611,000 words long

In those original languages, the Bible’s word count is about 611,000.

That word count is not going to line up with your Bible though, for a few reasons:

  • When translating the Bible from its original languages to English, translators tend to use more words to get across the original author’s point.
  • Different translations word passages differently, which results in a variation in word count.

The Old Testament of the Bible is Written in Poetic, Rolls and Book

  • 3 Poetical- Psalms, Proverbs, Job
  • 5 Rolls- Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther
  • 3 Books- Daniel, Ezra Nehemiah, Chronicles

There are at least 185 songs in the Bible

About 150 of these are in the book of Psalms. (I say “about” because there’s some debate as to whether a few of the separate Psalms were originally meant to be sung as one.) But throughout both the Old and New Testaments, people will sing songs about God or the events around them.

And 185 is a bare minimum—that’s only if you count the portions of Scripture that are specifically labelled as “song,” “psalm,” “dirge,” or “chant.”

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