the Old Testament

noun

Definition of the Old Testament

: the first part of the Christian Bible that tells about the Jews, their history, and God's words to them in the time before Jesus Christ was born

Learn More about the Old Testament

Statistics for the Old Testament

Cite this Entry

“The Old Testament.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20Old%20Testament. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

Comments on the Old Testament

What made you want to look up the Old Testament? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!