Old Testament Definition

The Holy Scriptures of Judaism, the first of the two general divisions of the Christian Bible.
Webster's New World
The covenant of God with Israel as distinguished in Christianity from the dispensation of Jesus constituting the New Testament.
American Heritage

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 (wisdom books) and prophecy.

The Old Testament says that eating shellfish is a sin.

Origin of Old Testament

  • A retronym, by comparison with the New Testament.

    From Wiktionary

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