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Bible Term: Testament

The word testament has three usages or applications in the Bible:

1. Testament is another name for a covenant, specifically an agreement between God and mankind.

2. Testament can refer to someone’s will, as in their last will and testament.

3. Lastly, the Bible is divided into two sections or testaments, so named because each encompasses a major covenant from God.

The first is the Old Testament, which refers to being made right with God by following a strict code of conduct and rules.

The second is the New Testament, which refers to being made right with God by following Jesus.

Although virtually all Bibles include the sections of Old Testament and New Testament, this usage is not actually found in the Bible’s text.

 

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Bible Term: New Testament

The Bible is a book of books, 66 books* altogether, written over a period of hundreds of years by many different authors;. These 66 books are divided into two parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament.

The New Testament contains 27 books and cover Jesus‘ life and the work of his followers.

It starts with four Gospels (biographies of Jesus from various perspectives).

Next, comes Acts, a record of the formation and functioning of the early church.

Then is a series of letters, called epistles, written by key leaders to various churches or people. These letters comprise the bulk of the books in the New Testament.

The concluding book is Revelation.

Here is a list of the books in the New Testament.

* see Apocrypha