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testament:

see New TestamentNew Testament,
the distinctively Christian portion of the Bible, consisting of 27 books of varying lengths dating from the earliest Christian period. The seven epistles whose authorship by St. Paul is undisputed were written c.A.D. 50–A.D.
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Christian name for the Hebrew Bible, which serves as the first division of the Christian Bible (see New Testament). The designations "Old" and "New" seem to have been adopted after c.A.D.
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in law, document expressing the wishes of a person (known as a testator) concerning the disposition of her property after her death. If a person dies intestate, i.e.
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testament

1. Law a will setting out the disposition of personal property (esp in the phrase last will and testament)
2. 
a. a covenant instituted between God and man, esp the covenant of Moses or that instituted by Christ
b. a copy of either the Old or the New Testament, or of the complete Bible

Testament

1. either of the two main parts of the Bible; the Old Testament or the New Testament
2. the New Testament as distinct from the Old
References in classic literature ?
"If this money belonged to the family it would be disposed of in the testament, as the rest of his fortune is.
Says I to myself, something's up; it ain't natural for a girl to be in such a sweat about a Testament. So I give it a shake, and out drops a little piece of paper with "HALF-PAST TWO" wrote on it with a pencil.
Alexey Alexandrovitch looked idly about at the endless familiar portraits which adorned the room, and sitting down to the table, he opened a New Testament lying upon it.
Under his pillow lay the New Testament. He took it up mechanically.
(which took place within the year), and by his last will and testament, of which Governor Bellingham and the Reverend Mr.
`Thou shalt be rich'; and there are a good many curious things said in the New Testament about rich men that I think would make me feel rather queer if I was one of them."
The brave Americans serving our nation today in the Persian Gulf, in Somalia, and wherever else they stand, are testament to our resolve, but our greatest strength is the power of our ideas, which are still new in many lands.
She begins the day by the fireside with the New Testament in her hands, an old volume with its loose pages beautifully refixed, and its covers sewn and resewn by her, so that you would say it can never fall to pieces.
She brings out the Testament again; it was always lying within reach; it is the lock of hair she left me when she died.
Chatfield published a study of Hubmaier's hermeneutics that has very important implications for the early Anabaptist understanding of the relation between the Old and New Testaments. While in Waldshut, Hubmaier's writings focused on the incarnate Christ in such a way as to significantly diminish the weight of the Old Testament.
Finally, Soldat believes that the confessional section, an innovation among Russian princely testaments, is dependent on the sermon of the 12th-century Kirill of Turov (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Easter) and the Paleia, the Old Slavic summary of the Pentateuch (280).
The title was derived from the Koine Greek "Ta Biblia" (the books) and was translated into Latin "Biblia" It contained the Old and New Testaments. Christians knew that the Old Testament was the scriptures of the Jews, which they believed to be divinely inspired and to which they added the distinctly Christian writings that were written later than the inherited books of Judaism.