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Bible
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A. Definition

The word ‘Bible’ (Lat. biblia, Greek τὰ βιβλία; tà biblía) describes the collection of holy scriptures comprising the Hebrew Bible (Tenach) and the Old and New Testaments of Christians ( Christianity) and encompassing their many genres -- including narratives (myths, legends, romances, sagas or epics, folk tales, gospels), body of laws, psalms, poems, speeches, exhortations, proverbs and parables, letters …

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Perdue, Leo (Fort Worth, TX) and Balch, David (Fort Worth, TX), “Bible”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 24 September 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e216510>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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