Bible

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The word Bible refers to the canonical collections of religious writings or books of Judaism and Christianity. Books included as canon in the Bible vary according to these religious traditions and among their denominations. These variations reflect a range of histories, traditions and myths.

The Jewish version of the Bible, the Tanakh, includes the books common to both the Christian and Jewish biblical canons.

The Christian version of the Bible is often called the Holy Bible, Scriptures, or Word of God. It divides the books of the Bible into two parts: the books of the Old Testament primarily sourced from the Tanakh (with some variations), and the 27 books of the New Testament containing books originally written primarily in Greek. Some versions of the Christian Bible have a separate Apocrypha section for the books not considered canonical by the publisher. The Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Old Testament canons contain books not found in the Tanakh, but that are found in the Greek Septuagint, the oldest of several ancient translations of the Hebrew Bible into Greek.

The Bible, or some portion of it, had been translated into more than 2,300 languages or dialects as of 2003.


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