Religious Glossary - common terms used related to Religion
Scripture - The English word for scripture is derived
from the Greek word "graphe", which very simply means "writing".
Thus the "graphe" (writings) of both testaments, being the
books that have been canonized and considered authoratative,
form "ta bibla" (The books of the Bible). In each case, the
names signify the quality of this particular book, or its
uniqueness and singularity. (Cavalry
Many religions and spiritual movements hold certain written
texts (or series of spoken legends not traditionally written
down) to be sacred. Often believing that their sacred texts
(or scriptures) are wholly divine or partially inspired in
origin, the faithful use titles like 'Word of God' to denote
the holy writings. Even non-believers often capitalize the
names of sacred scriptures as a mark of respect or of tradition.
A document or collection of documents containing material
that is highly esteemed in the religious community accepting
the document(s). Such documents do not stand by themselves
but are preserved and interpreted within ongoing religious
communities that also have living traditions about worship,
belief, and behavior. In late antiquity, Jews and Christians
were not alone in esteeming written records of their religion.