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1. A solemn, authentic instrument in writing, by which a person declares his will as to disposal of his estate and effects after his death.

This is otherwise called a will, and sometimes a last will and testament. A testament, to be valid, must be made by a person of sound mind; and it must be executed and published in due form of law. A man, in certain cases, may make a valid will by word of mouth only. See Nuncupative will, under Nuncupative.

2. 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. (Heb. Ix. 15) holographic testament, a testament written wholly by the testator himself.

Origin: F, fr. L. Testamentum, fr. Testari to be a witness, to make one's last will, akin to testis a witness. Cf. Intestate, Testify.

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... of the story? That the Virgin Birth was invented after his death? If there is a reference to the virgin birth of Jesus (outside of the old or new Testaments), I would be grateful if you would let me know.

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God vs Evolution

... there was mention of other Bible books not released by the Vatican. What you say is true. There are exactly 66 books in the Bible, Old and New Testaments. However there are other books out there. In fact the Bible is a collection of stories, genealogies, poems, prophecies, letters and what ...

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