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Hebrew Bible

The term Hebrew Bible refers to the contents of the Bible, which were originally written in Hebrew and Aramaic. See the main article: Tanach.

The Hebrew Bible generally corresponds to contents of the Jewish Tanakh and the Protestant Old Testament, but not to the deuterocanonical portions of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Old Testament. The term does not impose a particular ordering of its books, while both the Tanach and the Old Testament imply different orders of the books.

Section 4.3 of the Style Manual for the Society of Biblical Literature[?] recommends the use of the term Hebrew Bible as a bias-free term in preference to the term Old Testament in academic writing. Other examples of recommended bias-free terms include the use of Second Temple period instead of intertestamental period and deuterocanonical literature instead of Apocrypha.



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