Q&A: Questionology

Questionology

Question

How many questions are in the Bible? What is your favorite?

Answer

Of course, this would depend upon which version of the Bible is being referred to. The only stats I have are from the KJV. If you count all verses ending with question marks, the total number of questions in the Bible is 3,297. However, this does not include questions that may be implied by their context.

In the Old Testament, there are 2,273 questions, the largest number found in Job. Only Zephaniah has no questions.

In the New Testament, there are 1,024 questions, the largest number found in Matthew. 2 Timothy, Titus, 2 John, 3 John, and Jude have no questions.

My favorite question is from Matthew 16:13-15: "When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi and he asked his disciples,'Who do people say the Son of Man is?' They replied, 'Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.' 'But what about you?' he asked. 'Who do you say I am?' "

The answer in Matthew 16:16-17 is just as amazing as the question: "Simon Peter answered, 'You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.' Jesus replied,'Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.' "

Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill).