• WordNet 3.6
    • n testament a profession of belief "he stated his political testament"
    • n Testament either of the two main parts of the Christian Bible
    • n testament a legal document declaring a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their property when they die
    • n testament strong evidence for something "his easy victory was a testament to his skill"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Although not named in the New Testament, tradition names the two thieves crucified at the same time as Jesus as Dismas and Gestas.
    • Testament (Law) A solemn, authentic instrument in writing, by which a person declares his will as to disposal of his estate and effects after his death.
    • Testament One of the two distinct revelations of God's purposes toward man; a covenant; also, one of the two general divisions of the canonical books of the sacred Scriptures, in which the covenants are respectively revealed; as, the Old Testament; the New Testament; -- often limited, in colloquial language, to the latter. "He is the mediator of the new testament . . . for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are 1189 chapters in the Bible: 929 chapters in the Old Testament and 260 chapters in the New Testament.
    • n testament In law, a will; a disposition of property or rights, to take effect at death. Originally will, in English law, signified such a disposition of real property, testament such a disposition of personal property. Will now includes both, and testament is rarely used in modern law, except in the now tautological phrase last will and testament.
    • n testament A disposition of the rights of two parties, defining their mutual relation, and the rights conceded by one to the other; a covenant, especially between God and his people.
    • n testament Hence A dispensation: used especially of the Mosaic or old dispensation and of the Christian or new.
    • n testament [capitalized] A collection of books containing the history and doctrines of each of these dispensations, and known severally as the Old Testament and the New Testament. The word testament in the authorized version of the Bible always represents the Greek word διαθήκη (elsewhere rendered ‘covenant’), which in early Christian Latin and regularly in the Vulgate is rendered ‘testamentum,’ perhaps from its use in Heb. ix. 15–20. In this passage the idea of a covenant as involving in ancient times a sacrifice with shedding of blood is blended with that of a last will made operative by the death of the testator. In Mat. xxvi. 28 and parallel passages the phrase “blood of the new testament” is connected with the cup in the Lord's Supper. In 2 Cor. iii. 14 the expression “reading of the old testament” shows the transition of meaning to our application of the title Old Testament to the Hebrew Scriptures. (Compare 1 Mac. i. 57.) When used alone the word commonly means a copy of the New Testament: as, a gift of Bibles and Testaments.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Testament tes′ta-ment that which testifies, or in which an attestation is made: the solemn declaration in writing of one's will: a will: a dispensation, as of the Mosaic or old and the Christian or new, one of the two great divisions of the Bible
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  • Vance Havner
    “The church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to the New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal.”
  • Bible
    “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death. [New Testament]”
  • John Locke
    “To give a man full knowledge of morality, I would send him to no other book than the New Testament.”
  • Bible
    “And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. [New Testament]”
  • Ray Charles
    Ray Charles
    “There's nothing written in the Bible, Old or New testament, that says, If you believe in Me, you ain't going to have no troubles.”
  • Nelson Rockefeller
    Nelson Rockefeller
    “Maybe this [Watergate] is like the Old Testament. It was visited upon us and maybe were going to benefit from it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. testamentum, fr. testari, to be a witness, to make one's last will, akin to testis, a witness. Cf. Intestate Testify
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. testamentumtestāri, to be a witness—testis, a witness.


In literature:

But now, that which under the Old Testament was the highest degree, becomes, under the New Testament, only a preparatory step.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions, v. 1" by Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg
How often in the Old Testament do we find the record of such a revelation?
"The Message and the Man:" by J. Dodd Jackson
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
It would be pretty hard work to believe that Lot was saved if it were not for the New Testament.
"Men of the Bible" by Dwight Moody
Both the Old and New Testaments are utterly worthless as history.
"Communism and Christianism" by William Montgomery Brown
Not a line of what is called the New Testament is of his writing.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
If the New Testament was truly inspired of God and infallibly true, what difference did it make if the Old was doubtful and uncertain?
"From Bondage to Liberty in Religion" by George T. Ashley
Of profound significance is also the devotional literature of the Old Testament.
"The Christian View of the Old Testament" by Frederick Carl Eiselen
We cannot be certain but it seems more plausible to give a relative credence to the older strands of tradition in the New Testament.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
You will find it, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament.
"With the Children on Sunday" by Sylvanus Stall

In poetry:

But I resolve, when thou shalt call for mine,
That to decline,
And thrust a Testament into thy hand:
Let that be scann'd.
There thou shalt finde my faults are thine.
"Judgement" by George Herbert
"Alas! my kind young gentleman,
This sharing cannot be;
'Tis written in the testament
That Brentford spoke to me,
'I do forbid Prince Ned to give
Prince Tom a halfpenny.
"The King Of Brentford’s Testament" by William Makepeace Thackeray
He read in the Testament a' by himsel',
An O what a treat when he started to spell;
For he whurr'd, an' the "r's" in his throat wad dispute,
As if fechtin' for wha wad be first to get oot.
"Jock Buchan" by Alexander Anderson
On evening lea unearth long sighs,
The lingering testament of their pain;
Tear open the sepulchred acre till they rise
And call Peace hypocrite, who dumbly stain
With blood her pastoral skies.
"Pastoral" by Lilian Bowes Lyon
While others spent she loved to save,
But couldn't take it to her grave.
While others save we love to spend;
She hated us but in the end
Because she left no Testament
To us all her possessions went.
"Aunt Jane" by Robert W Service
Some joy, on which Heav'n was intent--
For which God made the world--the bliss,
The love, that raised her innocent
Pure face to his that, smiling, bent
And sealed confession with a kiss--
Life needs no other testament.
"Meeting In The Woods" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

The hundreds of tourists who line up outside the National Archives to see the original US Constitution and Declaration of Independence are a daily testament to how much Americans cherish their official history.
New Testament Baptist Church will host Light the Night as a safer alternative for trick-or-treaters.
The Witness of the New Testament .
A new testament Bible saved his life.
Kyle Martin of Grayslake, Illinois has posted the entire New Testament on Twitter.
I'm reading through the Old Testament part of the Bible for the first time in my life.
Those who reject God of Old Testament haven't read Scripture closely.
' Old Testament ' moth invasion should end in 2 weeks.
Understanding the Old Testament .
God and Old Testament .
Using hand motions, catch phrases, and group review, participants will understand the Old Testament like never before.
And his recordings were testaments to a virtuosity that was matched by few other percussionists .
Well, that's what the New Testament says.
Coach's recruiting success from around the nation is a testament to Iowa State's attraction.
I would love to hear what Old Testament /Hebrew Bible scholars make of this.

In science:

This is further testament to the quality of the SDSS spectra and the rigor of the sample selection.
The Milky Way's Circular Velocity Curve to 60 kpc and an Estimate of the Dark Matter Halo Mass from Kinematics of ~2400 SDSS Blue Horizontal Branch Stars
It is a testament to the strength of the simplification suite that for all 2977 + 150 inputs we only require a single pass through Algorithm 11 (the branching search)—we never need to crush away “junk” discs or spheres and run the search again (as in step 4 of Algorithm 2).
A fast branching algorithm for unknot recognition with experimental polynomial-time behaviour
As a testament to their success, the theory of random forests has long been outpaced by their application in practice.
Consistency of Online Random Forests
By late 70’s the prophets have left the field leaving for us the Old Testament ( , ) which later became obsolete and by now abandoned in favor of New ones.
Topological Character of Excitations in Strongly Correlated Electronic Systems: Confinement and Dimensional Crossover
This meeting has been dominated by SCUBA-based surveys, and stands as a testament to the instrument builders who produced the best camera of its kind at just the right time.
Known and unknown SCUBA sources