Usually used simply as a PC (not Christian centered) alternative to Old Testament (cf. First Testament). The term Hebrew Bible should strictly imply following the Hebrew Canon which gives not only a list of books (followed by Protestants but not by other Christians who use the Greek canon) but also their arrangement.
It is also a better term than Old Testament in other ways, for example it draws attention to the language of expression, and to the unity and distinct character of these writings.
The "Old Testament" was, of course written in Hebrew (except for a few chapters and verses in Aramaic) and this text was preserved with care and is the basis of Old Testament translations into English and other languages.
This page is part of the Hypertext Bible Commentary - Amos,
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