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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Bible The first of the two main divisions of the Christian Bible, corresponding to the Hebrew Scriptures. See Table at Bible.
  • n. The covenant of God with Israel as distinguished in Christianity from the dispensation of Jesus constituting the New Testament.

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  • proper n. The first major part of the Christian Bible, covering events before the coming of Christ, corresponding roughly to the Jewish Tanakh. Usually subdivided into the categories of law, history, poetry (or wisdom books) and prophecy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See Old Testament under Testament, and see tanak.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible

Etymologies

A retronym, by comparison with the New Testament. (Wiktionary)

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