from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Bible The first seven books of the Old Testament.
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- proper n. The first seven books of the Hebrew Bible.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The first seven books of the Testament.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The first seven books of the Old Testament.
Even if we ignore the earliest piecemeal efforts in the eighth century, the translation of the four gospels in the tenth century and the Old English prose Heptateuch around the year 1000 deserve a prominent place in any history of translations of the Bible.
But if any consent that he owned the Heptateuch we have already mentioned, we should be ready to reckon the last chapter of
The books of the law and their order need not be insisted upon, commonly called by us, the Pentateuch; but by some of the Rabbins, the Heptateuch; and by some Christians, the Octateuch.
Lipsiensis (seventh century; in Univ. of Leipzig) contains fragments of Heptateuch.
Gregory gave much of his time to lecturing on the Holy Scriptures and is recorded to have expounded to his monks the Heptateuch, Books of Kings, the Prophets, the Book of Proverbs, and the Canticle of V+Canticles.
Fathers, or something else which will edify the hearers; nor, however, the Heptateuch, or Book of Kings, for it will not be profitable for weak understandings to hear this part of Scripture at that hour; yet at other times it may be read.
It was first printed as prose by Thwaites at the close of his "Heptateuch, Book of Job, and Gospel of Nicodemus"
a short commentary on the Heptateuch based on patristic sources and written by this John.