To see details on the word
Old Testament
please enable javascript.

Go to New Version of This Page
This old version has not been updated since 2016,
but we're leaving it in case you prefer it.
Show What's New
Please update your links from the new version.
Old Testament

The Bible consists of the Old and New Testaments.
  the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews which is the first half of the Christian Bible
 Mark word for later review on this computer
Strongly Associated with:   New Testament
In academic circles, the term Hebrew Bible is commonly used to refer to the Old Testament. Most scholars agree that it was written and compiled between the 12th and the 2nd century BC.
Web Links:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Dictionary -®
Dictionary/Synonyms - Google®
Dictionary List - OneLook®
Wikipedia Article
On-Line Bible with Daily Verse
SparkNotes Contents
  • The Bible consists of the Old and New Testaments.
  • The story of David and Goliath may be the most popular in the Old Testament.
  • Go to the Old Testament; go to the New.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • Old Testament God.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

  • Show more
  • He explained what he meant by telling me a story which sounded a little like something out of the Old Testament; but which, so Mike assured me, was a part of the semi-religious folklore of the inland Eskimos, who, alas for their immortal souls, were still happily heathen.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • There was this guy named Job in the Old Testament who was a believer but had really terrible things happen to him.
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • Marie-Laure’s great-uncle, locked with several hundred others inside the gates of Fort National, a quarter mile offshore, squints up and thinks, Locusts, and an Old Testament proverb comes back to him from some cobwebbed hour of parish school: The locusts have no king, yet all of them go out in ranks.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • When we asked him why, he said that though he had not understood the Dutch words, he had seen that Father was reading from the Old Testament which, he informed us, was the Jews’ "Book of Lies."
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • I felt a slight shock at the touch, and thought of an Old Testament passage—"For Jacob’s skin was smooth, while his brother Esau was a hairy man."
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Children are judgmental on an Old Testament level.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King

  • Show more again
  • It was a beauty, a prize for a retired sea-captain’s home in backwater Boston: scrimshaw and cowrie shells, Old Testament samplers cross-stitched by unmarried sisters, the smell of whale oil burning in the evenings, the stillness of growing old.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Miss Maudie’s face likened such an occurrence unto an Old Testament pestilence.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The Old Testament My father was a traveling preacher.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • Flipping through the Old Testament, he found the Book of Job.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • They claim those books to be the work of fearmongers who tagged them on to the Old Testament just to scare people.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • He slapped open a copy of the Old Testament.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • So I went back to their Old Testament, back to when their lives and ours were intertwined.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Nay, in those ages of the world, it was believed that spirits intermeddled in the affairs of mankind; and, throughout the Old Testament, I do not find any thing that in the least contradicts is.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • It seems unlikely, I agree, but the fact remains that Harriet wrote the initials R.J. in her date book next to the reference to the Old Testament law about burnt offerings.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Her theology was a curious mixture of Irish fairies and an Old Testament Jehovah whom in her later life she confused with her father.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • First, the concept of laying a cornerstone comes from the Old Testament.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Shame and fear sped her homeward and, in her mind, Archie with his patriarch’s beard assumed the proportions of an avenging angel straight from the pages of the Old Testament.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The angel in the Old Testament story kept three men safe in the middle of a place like that.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • I wish also to recall to memory an instance from the Old Testament applicable to this subject.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Just because I’m Jewish doesn’t mean I’ve memorized the Old Testament.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Lucy selected a book—a volume of Old Testament commentaries.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • The Muslims’ holy scripture, the Koran, and the Old Testament were both written in the Semitic family of languages.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • The wife of the accused man appeared, briefly, as if she might turn in his direction and go to him, but instead she proceeded without hurry toward Ed Soames, who stood in front of the witness stand proffering the Old Testament patiently.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • "Did you have a nice walk?" said Alexey Alexandrovitch, sitting down in his easy chair, pulling the volume of the Old Testament to him and opening it.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • He looked and sounded like a rebellious Old Testament prophet.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • It was a joy to learn the secrets of nature: how—in the picturesque language of the Old Testament—the winds are made to blow from the four corners of the heavens, how the vapours ascend from the ends of the earth, how rivers are cut out among the rocks, and mountains overturned by the roots, and in what ways man may overcome many forces mightier than himself.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Much of this new material has been incorporated into the text of the third edition of Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament, Princeton, New Jersey, 1969, or in the Supplement, pp. 503-7, translated by A. R. Grayson.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Similar plays, chiefly from the Old Testament, were occasionally performed in Moscow too, up to the times of Peter the Great.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • The words were terrible, worse than any threat of doom in the Old Testament.
    Gloria Whelan  --  Listening for Lions
  • Jesse’s mind went back to the men of Old Testament days who had also owned lands and herds.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • (Weird, I know, but when you get no answers at all, you reach.) The Old Testament is scary, filled with misery.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • Led by the usher’s flashlight I stumbled through the curtains into the darkened hall, found a seat and was suddenly in the middle of the Old Testament.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • To the enquiries of Athelstane and Cedric, the old Jew could for some time only answer by invoking the protection of all the patriarchs of the Old Testament successively against the sons of Ishmael, who were coming to smite them, hip and thigh, with the edge of the sword.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • The word Messiah isn’t in the Old Testament …. just the Hebrew word for anointed.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • But there’s a story from the Old Testament that’s an even closer parallel… .
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • These antique visages and these Biblical names mingled in the child’s mind with the Old Testament which he was learning by heart, and when they were all there, seated in a circle around a dying fire, sparely lighted by a lamp shaded with green, with their severe profiles, their gray or white hair, their long gowns of another age, whose lugubrious colors could not be distinguished, dropping, at rare intervals, words which were both majestic and severe, little Marius stared at them with…
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • They’re very difficult, in the Old Testament particularly.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Instead, with a single course correction which was not detected until the swarm was within the O6rt cloud radius, the Ousters fell on Bressia like some Old Testament plague.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • If the Pharaoh’s daughter hadn’t snatched the basket carrying little Moses from the waves, there would have been no Old Testament, no civilization as we now know it!
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • She hadn’t known that Muslims consider the Qur’an the fourth book of God to His messengers, after the Old Testament (referred to as the Tawrat, or the Law), the Psalms (the Zabur), and the New Testament (Injeil).
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • …Bede, urged him with a certain fatherly malice to get into the discussion, and without even taking a breath, he explained that the cockroach, the oldest winged insect on the face of the earth, had already been the victim of slippers in the Old Testament, but that since the species was definitely resistant to any and all methods of extermination, from tomato dices with borax to flour and sugar, and with its one thousand six hundred three varieties had resisted the most ancient,…
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • And he went back into the cities of men where he moved among the citizens of the world, bestowing the inestimable boon of the knowledge of the Way.38 The Old Testament records a comparable deed in its legend of Moses, who, in the third month of the departure of Israel out of the land of Egypt, came with his people into the wilderness of Sinai; and there Israel pitched their tents over against the mountain.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Before our eyes, in the distance, a promised or an accursed land, Roussainville, within whose walls I had never penetrated, Roussainville was now, when the rain had ceased for us, still being chastised, like a village in the Old Testament, by all the innumerable spears and arrows of the storm, which beat down obliquely upon the dwellings of its inhabitants, or else had already received the forgiveness of the Almighty, Who had restored to it the light of His sun, which fell upon it in…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Old Testament outbreaks of great red boils.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • The theology of the Old Testament prophets was a third.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
Search for samples from other sources:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Interest -- Source
General -- Google News®
General -- Time® Magazine
General -- Twitter®
Associated words [difficulty]:   Old Testament [3] , New Testament [4] , New Testament [4] , revelation [1] , parable [3] , testament [3] , New Testament [4]
     If popups are enabled: Search in OneLook®   If Flash® is also enabled: Search in Visuwords®
Most commonly used in these subjects:   Religion & Spirtuality, Religion - Christianity, Architecture
Home . . . enhancing vocabulary while reading