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

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Recent Examples on the Web In the Old Testament, the name Zion is used to refer to the city of Jerusalem and is the source of the term Zionism. Shannon Day, Parents, 2 July 2024 The more ancient word in the Old Testament is the Hebrew shalom, which also connotes a flourishing soul. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, 30 June 2024 The Ten Commandments inscribed on the wall of Christ Church in Alexandria are not the same as the ones written in the Old Testament, sometimes called the Hebrew Bible. Washington Post, 27 June 2024 The Past Nazis created an anti-Semitic Bible and Aryan Jesus A Nazi institute produced a Bible without the Old Testament that portrayed Jesus as an Aryan hero fighting Jewish people. Big Think, 24 June 2024 Perhaps to everyone's surprise, the book turned into a best seller and became the Old Testament of the back-to-the-land movement. Kevin West, Travel + Leisure, 5 May 2024 The company’s founder, the Scottish businessman Abram Lyle, chose a logo inspired by the story of Samson who, in the Old Testament, kills a lion with his bare hands only to later discover that honeybees have nestled in the animal’s carcass. Oscar Holland, CNN, 21 Feb. 2024 The 2024 presentation re-creates 13 pieces of art inspired by stories from the Old Testament and up through the New Testament, using the varied skill sets of some 300 volunteers. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, 20 Mar. 2024 Lyle was a religious man, according to Lyle’s Golden Syrup’s website, and the image is derived from the Old Testament story of Samson and the lion. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 20 Feb. 2024

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“The Old Testament.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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