Does the Bible Contain a Pangram?

alex atkins bookshelf wordsA pangram, as you may know, is a sentence that uses all the letters of the alphabet. A pangram is also known as a holoalphabetic sentence, or more simply as an alphabet sentence. Anyone who learned to type, back when typewriters existed (remember those?) would know the most famous one: “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” — a sentence that is very offensive to most dogs, but we digress. But the question before us today is: does the Bible, one of the most ubiquitous books in the world, contain a pangram? That is to say, was God enough of a word lover (after all, recall John 1:1: “in the beginning was the Word”) to inspire a scribe to write out a pangram.

Consider that the King James Bible contains 783,137 words that make up more than 31,102 verses. Surely there must be a pangram lurking in there somewhere, no? Sorry to say, pangram lovers, but the answer is no; however, lest ye abandon all faith, the Good Book does come really close — if you read the Old Testament closely enough, thou shalt find a verse that contains 25 letters of the alphabet; the only letter missing is “j”. Sweet Jesus! Really, no “j”?  The elusive pangrammatic verse is Ezra 7:21: “And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do make a decree to all the treasurers which are beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall require of you, it be done speedily,”

So the next time you are in Bible study or talking to your rabbi or priest, test their knowledge of the Bible by asking if they know if the Bible contains a pangram. For the first time, you will be the one walking away feeling righteous. Word.

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