(rhetoric) A section of text forming a coherent thought, suitable for use in a speech.
A sacred writing or holy book.
‘The primary scripture in Zoroastrianism is the Avesta.’;
A passage of Scripture to be read in public worship or a book containing such passages.
‘The reader looked up the Sunday morning pericope.’; ‘The oldest known system of pericopes in the Western Church is ascribed to Jerome.’;
(by extension) An authoritative statement.
A selection or extract from a book; especially (Theol.), a selection from the Bible, appointed to be read in the churches or used as a text for a sermon.
Anything written; a writing; a document; an inscription.
‘I have put it in scripture and in remembrance.’; ‘Then the Lord of Manny read the scripture on the tomb, the which was in Latin.’;
A pericope (; Greek περικοπή, ) in rhetoric is a set of verses that forms one coherent unit or thought, suitable for public reading from a text, now usually of sacred scripture. Also can be used as a way to identify certain themes in a chapter of sacred text.
The books of the Old and the New Testament, or of either of them; the Bible; - used by way of eminence or distinction, and chiefly in the plural.
‘There is not any action a man ought to do, or to forbear, but the Scripture will give him a clear precept or prohibition for it.’; ‘Compared with the knowledge which the Scriptures contain, every other subject of human inquiry is vanity.’;
A passage from the Bible; a text.
‘The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.’; ‘Hanging by the twined thread of one doubtful Scripture.’;
the sacred writings of the Christian religions;
‘he went to carry the Word to the heathen’;
any writing that is regarded as sacred by a religious group