Introduction to the Bible Vocabulary

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Pentateuch

"five books"; refers to the first five books in the Old Testament

Bible

Books

Hebrew Scriptures

Old Testament

Christian Testament

New Testament

Christian Scriptures

The entire Bible

genre

a type of writing

motif

characteristics of setting, theme, plot, characters, symbolism, etc that repeat throughout a genre

oral tradition

transmission of a peoples' history, culture, religion, laws, etc. by word of mouth from one generation to the next

oral culture

culture in which the spoken word is the trusted source of knowledge

biblical inspiration

God's guidance of the biblical writers in their efforts to understand God's presence and action and communicate that to his people

revelation

when inspired searching culminates in the unfolding of one of God's mysteries

fundamentalist

method that interprets the Bible word for word, interprets each story as true in all senses: historically, scientifically, spiritually, etc.

contextualist

method that interprets the Bible with a focus on the deeper truth that God intends to reveal, puts each passage in its literary, historical, and theological context to aid understanding

epistle

letter

gospel

good news

BCE

Before the Common Era

CE

Common Era

canon

list of inspired writings

catholic

universal

Pauline

Letters written by or attributed to Paul

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