Old Testament


Definition of Old Testament

: the first part of the Christian Bible containing the books of the Jewish canon of Scripture — see Bible Table

First Known Use of Old Testament

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Old Testament.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Old%20Testament. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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