Old Testament

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A retronym, by comparison with the New Testament.

Proper noun[edit]

Old Testament

  1. (offensive) 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.
    The Old Testament says that eating shellfish is a sin.

Usage notes[edit]

The use of this term is considered offensive by most Jews, as it expresses the ideology that the Tanach has been superseded by Christian scriptures.


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