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Beelzebub was an important pagan deity of the Philistines (2Kings 1:2 - 3). His Hebrew name in the Bible means "lord (or god) of the flies." Over time, the term came to refer to Satan, the prince of demons. Jesus used this reference to refer to the devil in Matthew 10:25 and 12:24. The popular 1955 novel "Lord of the Flies" takes its title from 2Kings 1:2.

Who was the ONLY person in the Old Testament known to be able to chase away an evil spirit who was bothering someone? The Bible states that King Saul, because of his sins, was rejected by God as ruler over his people (1Samuel 16:1). Soon after this rejection, a young man named David is anointed as the new king. An evil spirit is then allowed to trouble Saul. It is only when David plays his harp that the spirit leaves Saul alone for a season (verse 23).

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At least seven Old Testament Bible books discuss the existence and activities of Satan. The book of Job has the most Old Testament references with fourteen. "Satan" is mentioned by name 56 times in God's word. "Devil" is used 61 times in the KJV translation, with all references occurring in the New Testament. Jesus directly discusses God's adversary in at least 25 Bible passages.

The Bible mentions at least 81 distinct animals, including bats, cranes, crocodiles, dragons, eagles, fleas, leopards, owls, peacocks, pelicans, ravens, spiders, unicorns, weasels, whales, wolves and worms!

Rome and the Word

It was not until 1250 that the Bible was divided into chapters by Cardinal Hugo. Although he separated chapters for convenience his divisions, though not always accurate, persists to this day and are in most modern translations.

The Bible mentions at least eleven distinct Roman provinces and at least eight geographical regions within the Empire. The most referenced provinces in the New Testament are Judea (43 times), Macedonia (28 times), Asia (21 times) and Achaia (11 times).

Silver and Gold

The KJV Bible mentions gold 417 times while silver is referred to 320 times. Although in modern times silver can be found more abundantly than gold it was not always the case. In the Middle East, before 500 B.C., the metal was harder to find than its golden counterpart was. This may be why, when commenting on the wealth of patriarchs like Abraham (Genesis 13:1 - 2, 24:35) or stating what the children the Israel were commanded to take from the Egyptians as they left bondage (Exodus 3:22, 11:2), silver is listed before gold.

Promises, Promises

Here is a good Bible study question. How many promises are found in God's word? There are 7,487 of them made from God to humans, two made by the God the Father to Jesus Christ and 991 between humans. There are also 290 promises made by humans to God, 21 given by angels and one by a man to an angel. Amazingly, there are also in the Bible two promises made by demonic spirits to God and nine given by Satan himself (such as when he promised Jesus all the kingdoms of the world if He bowed down and worshipped him - see Matthew 4:9)! All together, Scripture contains at least 8,803 promises!

Bible Study Questions and Answers

Who was the ONLY female, mentioned in the Bible, to rule over any part of Israel? Queen Athaliah ruled the Kingdom of Judah from 841 to 835 B.C. What is the most frequently referenced Old Testament verse found in the entirety of the New Testament? Psalm 110:1 has at least 18 references in the New Testament.

What are the shortest and longest books in the Bible? The shortest book is 3John, which contains only 299 words in the King James Version. The longest is the Psalms, which contains 43,743 words. Out of the Old Testament's thirty-nine books, the New Testament quotes all but five - Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon.

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