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|The Bible is a collection of books.
The Qur'an is one book.
The Bible is a collection of at least 5 or as many as 81 books. The King James Version of the Bible, used by English-speaking Protestants, consists of 66 books, divided into an Old Testament and a New Testament. The Old Testament contains 39 books — seventeen historical books, five poetical books, and seventeen prophetical books. The New Testament contains 27 books — four Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, 21 Epistles (letters), and the Book of Revelation.
The Old Testament is based on the Hebrew Scriptures. The Hebrew Scriptures contain 24 books — five books of Law (Torah), eight books of Prophets (Nevi'im), and eleven books of Writings (Ketuvim). The early Christians, in compiling the Old Testament, subdivided some of the books and rearranged the order, but included the same material. The Scriptures of the Samaritans consist only of the five books of Law, the Torah. These five books — called Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy — are frequently called the "Pentateuch," which is Greek for "five scrolls."
Additional writings — sometimes called "Apocrypha" — are included in the Bible by the Roman Catholic Church, for a total of 73 books. The Greek Orthodox and other Eastern churches include three to five more. The Ethiopian Church includes the most — a total of 81 books.
The Qur'an is one book. The Qur'an is divided into chapters and verses, as is each book of the Bible. The Qur'an consists of 114 chapters. The total number of verses is 6,240. [Ali, Religion, pp. 41-42]
The Bible is much longer than the Qur'an. The King James Bible consists of 1,189 chapters (929 in the Old Testament and 260 in the New Testament), and a total of 41,173 verses (33,214 in the Old Testament and 7,959 in the New Testament). [Metzger, "Bible"]
The Qur'an is shorter than the New Testament (perhaps only half as long, depending on whether you count chapters or verses), and only a fraction the length of the entire King James Bible.
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