Definitions for old testament
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the complete Bible of the Jews, comprising the Law, the Prophets, and the Hagiographa, being the first of the two main divisions of the Christian Bible.
Category: Judaism, Bible
the covenant between God and Israel on Mount Sinai, constituting the basis of the Hebrew religion. Ex. 19–24; Jer. 31:31–34; II Cor. 3:6, 14.
Origin of Old Testament:
1300–50; ME; trans. of LL Vetus Testamentum, trans. of Gk Palaià Diathḗkē
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
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.
Origin: A retronym, by comparison with the New Testament.
The New Hacker's Dictionary
[C programmers] The first edition of K&R, the sacred text describing Classic C.
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