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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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; Old TestamentOld Testament,
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.
She brings out the Testament again; it was always lying within reach; it is the lock of hair she left me when she died.
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.
It may seem strange that of all men sailors should be tinkering at their last wills and testaments, but there are no people in the world more fond of that diversion.
deSilva is the Trustees' Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio.
New Testament Conjectural Emendation in the Nineteenth Century: Jan Hendrik Holwerda as a Pioneer of Method
Synopsis: This volume addresses the most important issues related to the study of New Testament writings.