The Bible is probably the single most widely read book in all of human history. The path to this book’s dominance began with Constantine the Great following his conversion to Christianity in A.D. 312. Before Constantine converted and took control of a reunified Roman Empire, Christians were living in the shadows as their religion was illegal, and those caught practicing it were tortured and murdered in various morbidly creative and deliberately public fashions. The support of the Roman Emperor, however, allowed Christians to come out of hiding and begin to share the Gospel openly. This allowed for numerous new converts hungry for the Scripture.
It was Gutenberg and the Protestant Reformation that crowned the Bible the king of literature. The Protestant Reformation emphasized the importance of individuals reading the Bible for themselves instead of relying on clergy to dictate their religion to them. Suddenly, having a Bible of their own was of utmost importance to everyday Christians, and Gutenberg’s miraculous invention, the printing press, allowed for the mass production of Bibles.
Many Christians pride themselves on their knowledge and memorization of what lies between the pages of the most popular and influential book to ever exist. Knowledge about the Bible itself, however, is far less common. Here are four things most Christians do not know about the history of the Bible.