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Old Testament

the first of the two main divisions of the Christian Bible, comprising the Law, the Prophets, and the Hagiographa. In the Vulgate translation all but two books of the Apocrypha are included in the Old Testament.
this testament considered as the complete Bible of the Jews.
the covenant between God and Israel on Mount Sinai, constituting the basis of the Hebrew religion. Ex. 19–24; Jer. 31:31–34; II Cor. 3:6, 14.
Origin of Old Testament
1300-50; Middle English; translation of Late Latin Vetus Testamentum, translation of Greek Palaià Diathḗkē Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Of the fifty-two pictures in the thirteen arcades of this corridor all but four represent Old Testament scenes.

    Great Artists, Vol 1. Jennie Ellis Keysor
  • In the Old Testament Abraham married his half-sister by the same father.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The term "father" is indeed applied to God here and there in the Old Testament.

    The Origin of Paul's Religion J. Gresham Machen
  • The Old Testament contains the story of the protests and failures of the prophets.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Hebron, famous in Old Testament story, is to-day one of the four sacred cities of the Moslems.

    The Bible Story Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
British Dictionary definitions for Old Testament

Old Testament

the collection of books comprising the sacred Scriptures of the Hebrews and essentially recording the history of the Hebrew people as the chosen people of God; the first part of the Christian Bible
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Old Testament definition

The first part of the Bible, so called by Christians, who believe that its laws and prophecies are fulfilled in the person of Jesus, whose mission is described in the New Testament.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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