How Many Pages Are There in the Bible?

how many pages in the bible?
What may appear to be a relatively simple question has, in fact, no single answer. For those looking for a general answer to the question, “How many pages are there in the bible?” the answer would be “The average bible has around 1,200 pages.” This is a general approximation and there are a lot of factors which can make the number of pages of a particular bible be much less or much more than this number. Anyone seeking a definitive answer to the question of the number of pages in the bible needs to realize that a combination of variables can come into play.

What books of the bible have been included?

If one were to take a look at the Catholic bible, for example, the additional books of the Apocrypha (religious texts not found in most bibles) would have to be included. The Apocrypha alone would add a substantial number of pages when compared to a standard bible, such as the King James edition.

While most bibles do not include the Apocrypha, they are at least comprised of both the New and Old testaments. Unfortunately, the rule does not apply to The Living Bible. This version of the bible only includes the New Testament. A bible of this nature would end up having far fewer pages. Since different bible editions include different writings, each edition differs in the number of pages it has.

The format of the bible

Bibles with no pages are more common than you think. In some circles, bibles with no pages are quite the rage. Electronic or digital versions of the bible, without any physical pages, can be easily acquired be being downloaded from the internet or shared via memory cards, CD’s etc.

But there are other factors that influence the number of pages found in any bible. Font, spacing, page width and height; margins and other print related issues would most certainly cause variation in the number of pages in a bible (and why most teachers make assignments by word count instead of page count). A large font, typed in bold and with double spacing would obviously require more pages. The opposite approach, using a small font with single spacing, would require fewer pages. The exact same bible with the exact same number of words will often have a different number of pages depending on how the publisher took these into account.

The specific version of the bible

Certain languages and translations will also impact on how many pages there are in the bible. Great discrepancies can occur even among similar versions. The King James Version of the bible may have more pages than the Revised Standard Version or the New American Standard Version.

Because the number of pages in different bibles varies so dramatically, the name of the book in the bible being referenced, the chapter and verse number help us to be “on the same page” when discussing a biblical text. Biblical scholars realized that different versions and translations of the bible could impede research. Page 20 of my King James Version may be completely different to page 20 of your more modern version. This would lead to confusion.

By slicing the bible into chunks, research can be more accurate. In fact, you can go to an exact phrase in the bible. It’s a system applauded by scholars.

On average, how many pages are in the bible?

If you took a run of the mill, everyday bible, and you managed to count all the pages, you would have the following:

The Old Testament has 929 chapters. It has 23,214 verses which comprise roughly 622,700 words. The New Testament consists of 260 chapters, divided into 7,959 verses or roughly 184,600 words. This would give our typical bible 1,189 chapters. These are made up of 31,173 verses and using a rough word count, this amounts to 807,370 words, although the King James Authorized Bible has 783,137 words.

Using a standard font, the average bible has around 1,200 pages. As a book, the bible is as thick as “The Lord of the Rings” and similar fantasy novel epics. The difference is that the bible contains history and philosophy, and can be used for spiritual guidance. And that, I believe, is the best answer you will ever get to this question.

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33 comments

  1. It doesn’t matter how many pages are in the bible, just the words in it. If you understand the words, you will be saved and not go to Hell

    1. This is what I hate about Christians. Telling you you’ll end up in eternal torment if you don’t believe exactly what they believe. How sick in the head do you have to be to tell others that, especially children. if you want to believe, fine, go ahead. But stop trying to scare others into believing.

    2. Why are those who are so into the bible always wanting others to go to hell? It a book. Nothing more and nothing less. You aren’t going to go to hell if you don’t read it any more than you aren’t going to turn into a wizard if you don’t read Harry Potter.

  2. It’s important to make sure you read the right bible. The only right bible is the King James version. Any other bible isn’t a true bible and it will tell you words that don’t come from God. This is important if you want to go to heaven!!!

    1. Who chose you to decide which bible is correct and which is not. If you are going to take this stance, shouldn’t you be reading it in its original language and not English which is a translation? The translation, including the King James version, is not the true words of god because it is a translation.

    2. This is the problem with religion. Everyone thinks their interpretation is correct and everyone else’s is wrong. There is a correct Bible? That means there are Bibles that are wrong. If a Bible doesn’t have the right number of pages, it’s wrong? That’s just ridiculous.

  3. Does anyone know how many pages are in the shortest bible and how many pages are in the longest bible? That’s the information I’m trying to find out, but it isn’t in this article. Any help would be appreciated.

    1. The shortest bible would be a single page and the longest bible could be as many pages as someone would want to make it.

  4. In order to properly read the Bible, you must be a true Christian. If you are any other faith or an unbeliever, then you won’t understand the words of GOD.

    1. So, if you aren’t Christian, you can’t properly read the bible to find out if you should be a Christian. Only those who are already Christians are allowed to read the bible? Others can’t because they aren’t Christian even if they want to be Christian. That makes a whole lot of sense!!!!

      1. This will depend on so many factors like the language of the bible. A bible written in English will be different than a Bible written in another language. The size of your bible will also influence this. Also there are different versions of the bible so this will all affect the number of pages.

    2. If others need to know and that people feel they are the expert on the Bible. You have no more insight into what it means than any other person. Telling people that they can’t properly read the Bible because they are not Christian doesn’t make any sense at all. I feel sorry for all the people in your life for you pressure to look at things exactly your way instead of letting them have their own lives.

    3. I’m an atheist and I’ve read the bible. I understand the words printed there perfectly and that exactly why I am a atheist.

  5. I don’t think the number of pages in the Bible should matter to anyone. It’s the words of God, so everyone should read it no matter how long it is. If anything, we should wish there were even more pages so we could see more of what God wants us to learn. Since it’s the word of God, all Bibles are exactly the right number of pages.

    1. lol…this doesn’t make any sense. Were you high on something when you wrote this? There are legitimate reasons people would want to know the number of pages n the bible although you may not understand that in your state of mind. If all bibles were the exact right number, they would all have the same number of pages. They don’t.

  6. I don’t understand why Christians can’t see by the simple fact that bibles have different numbers of pages and words that they can’t all be the word of god. It’s obvious that humans have influenced what is written in these books or they would all be the same number of words and the same number of pages. For anyone who thinks the bible can’t be fallible, this mere fact should make it apparent that the bible isn’t the word of god, but the words of people.

    1. Some Christians don’t take the Bible to be the exact word of God. The words are left for interpretation to better the person who is reading them. You’re taking an extreme example that doesn’t apply to the vast majority of Christians.

  7. I can’t believe that anyone would care how many pages there are in the Bible. It seems obvious that the number of pages would hand on which version of the Bible one was reading and how big the pages were in that particular Bible. There are so many variables that could change the number of pages that it’s a question that seems ridiculous to even ask. Why would anybody need to know how many pages there were in the Bible? It’s simply a question that doesn’t need to be answered.

  8. The simple answer to this question is “far too many” — it seems like the people who decided to write the Bible had to reach a word count.

    1. People didn’t write the Bible. The Bible is the word of God and people just transcribed through his words that they heard. It’s God who wrote the Bible.

  9. Not that the amount of pages really matters, but it is interesting to know. Like they say, knowledge is power and it is always good to gain a little more knowledge.

  10. I think a better question would be how many pages of the Bible is it important to read? A lot of the pages in the Bible are old and outdated, so it’s important to know which pages of the Bible to read to understand the word of God. I believe for your spiritual life this is a much more important question.

    1. All the pages of the Bible are important. Each and every word is the word of God. You can’t just pick and choose when it’s God speaking to you, The answer to your question is every single page of the Bible is important.

      1. If you can’t pick and choose, the Bible is a terribly sadistic book. People like to gloss over this, but if you read the pages literally, God is not a nice person. That’s why Christians have to be somewhat hypocritical. Anyone who took every page of the Bible at face value and as literal would not be a nice person.

  11. I think Bible is the most important book in the world. If you want to know your real year of born,then the Bible has 66 books subtract your age from it and then add 50 to it and you will get your real year of born

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