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Most popular people

Who are the top ten people directly referenced, by name, in the KJV Bible? They are David (1,139), Jesus (983), Moses (848), Saul (King of Israel, 397), Jacob (377), Aaron (350), Abraham (Abram, 311), Solomon (306), Joseph (Jacob's son, not Jesus' stepfather, 223) and Joshua (202). The Apostle Paul (and his pre-conversion name of Saul) is referenced 189 times in the New Testament.

Who are the top ten women most frequently listed, by name, in Scripture? They are Sarah (Sarai, Abraham's wife, 56), Rachel (Jacob's second wife, 47), Leah (Jacob's first wife, 34), Rebekah (Isaac's wife, 30), Jezebel (King Ahab's evil queen, 23), Mary (Jesus' mother, 19), Mary Magdalene, Abigail (one of David's wives) and Miriam (all 14 times), and finally Hagar (Abraham's concubine, 12).

Eve, the first woman, is amazingly not among the top females referenced with only four mentions in the Bible (Genesis 3:20, 4:1, 2Corinthians 11:3 and 1Timothy 2:13).

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New Testament Timeline

What are the ten most frequently referenced Old Testament verses found in the New Testament? The top ones are Psalm 110:1 (18), Ezekiel 1:26 - 28 (12), Daniel 12:1, Isaiah 6:1, 2Chronicles 18:18, Psalm 47:8, and 1Kings 22:19 (each referenced 11 times), and lastly Psalm 2:7, Isaiah 53:7, Amos 3:13 and 4:13, plus Leviticus 19:18 (each referenced 10 times).


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The top New Testament books that contain the most content from the Old Testament are Revelation (content from 32 books), followed by Luke (31), John (26), Acts (25) and Mark (24). Rounding out the top ten are Romans (23), Hebrews (21), 1Corinthians (18), James (17) and lastly the book of 1Peter (15).

Most influential pagan gods

Who were the ten pagan deities whose worship had the biggest impact on Biblical history? In alphabetical order, the first one is Ashtoreth (Ashtaroth), goddess of the Zidonians, a false deity both Israel (1Samuel 7:3 - 4) and Solomon foolishly worshipped (1Kings 11:5). The next is Baal, a male Canaanite deity whose altar Gideon destroyed (Judges 6:25 - 30) and who had all its Israel-based priests killed by Elijah at Mount Carmel (1Kings 18).

Chemosh was the primary god of the Moabites whom Israel and Solomon indulged in worshipping (1Kings 11:7, 33). Dagon, the fish god, was the main deity worshipped by the Philistines (Judges 16:23). Diana was the goddess zealously worshipped in Ephesus and whose followers caused a great deal of trouble for the apostle Paul (Acts 19:24, 35).

Molech, an ancient pagan god of the Ammonites (Leviticus 18:21, 1Kings 11:7), was worshipped by both Solomon (1Kings 11:7) and Israel. The rites of this evil deity included sacrificing children (2Kings 23:10).

Rimmon was the Syrian god whom Namaan the leper worshipped before he was healed by Elisha (2Kings 5:15 - 19). Jesus himself mentioned this unique healing (Luke 4:27). Tammuz was a Babylonian god whom Ezekiel was shown, in vision, was being worshipped by women at Jerusalem's temple (Ezekiel 8:14).

Lastly, rounding out our list of top influential pagan deities are Zeus and Hermes. These two were pagan Greek gods whom those in Lystra believed took the bodily form of Barnabas and Apostle Paul (Acts 14:11 - 18)!


The top books

What are the top ten longest books in the entirety of the KJV Bible? Based on word count, the biggest book is the Psalms with 150 chapters that contain 43,743 total words. The next longest is Jeremiah, which is composed of 52 chapters, 1,364 verses and 42,659 words.

Filling out the rest of the ten biggest books are Ezekiel, Genesis, Isaiah, Numbers, Exodus, Deuteronomy, 2Chronicles and the Gospel of Luke. These books contain, as a group, almost 43% of all Biblical verses.

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Trivia References
Complete Book of Bible Lists
Encyclopedia of Bible Facts
Hitchcock's Biblical Names Dictionary


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