bible : Common Errors in English

About bible

Whether you are referring to the Jewish Bible (the Torah plus the Prophets and the Writings) or the Protestant Bible (the Jewish Bible plus the New Testament), or the Catholic Bible (which contains everything in the Jewish and Protestant Bibles plus several other books and passages mostly written in Greek in its Old Testament), the word “Bible” must be capitalized. Remember that it is the title of a book, and book titles are normally capitalized. An oddity in English usage is, however, that “Bible” and the names of the various parts of the Bible are not italicized or placed between quotation marks.Even when used metaphorically of other sacred books, as in “The Qur’an is the Bible of the Muslims,” the word is usually capitalized; although in secular contexts it is not: “Physicians’ Desk Reference is the pharmacists’ bible.” “Biblical” may be capitalized or not, as you choose (or as your editor chooses).Those who wish to be sensitive to the Jewish authorship of the Jewish Bible may wish to use “Hebrew Bible” and “Christian Scriptures” instead of the traditionally Christian nomenclature: “Old Testament” and “New Testament.” Modern Jewish scholars sometimes use the Hebrew acronym “Tanakh” to refer to their Bible, but this term is not generally understood by others.

bible Meaning(s)

  • (n) the sacred writings of the Christian religions
  • (n) a book regarded as authoritative in its field

bible in News

  1. Bible-burning Egyptian cleric jailed for 11 years

    CAIRO (Reuters) - A Cairo court sentenced an Egyptian Muslim preacher to 11 years in jail for blasphemy on Sunday for burning a Bible during a protest last year outside the U.S. embassy. Convictions for insulting Islam are common in Egypt, ruled by Islamists after the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, but more rare for cases involving the minority Christian faith. Ahmed Mohamed ...
    on June 16, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. Ballet Lessons | “Ballet Bible” Teaches People How To Improve Their Ballet Techniques – V-kool

    Ballet Bible created by Anita Leembruggen is a new book that provides people with ballet lessons, techniques, rules, and detailed instructions on how to dance ballet. A full Ballet Bible review on the site indicates if the book is worth buying. (PRWeb June 16, 2013) Read the full story at
    on June 16, 2013 Source: PRWeb

  3. Vacation Bible School List, Saturday, June 15, 2013

    Vacation Bible School List, Saturday, June 15, 2013 Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School Phone: 806-359-9483 Location: 3500 S. Bowie St. Dates/Times: June 16 to 20 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
    on June 15, 2013 Source: Amarillo Globe-News

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