Languages and Writings

British Sign Language (BSL) translations of terms relating to spoken and written languages; texts, manuscripts, and books.

Apocrypha

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Apocrypha. A group of 14 books, not considered canonical, included in the Septuagint and the Vulgate as part of the Old Testament

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Aramaic

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Aramaic. The Galilean dialect spoken by Jesus.

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Bible

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Bible. The Holy Book of the Christian faith.

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Biblical Commentary

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Biblical Commentary. A book providing explanations of Biblical vocabulary and texts.

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Catechism

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Catechism. A set of questions and answers that summarises Christian belief and is used to prepare a person for confirmation.

See also: Catechumen and Confirmation (Ceremony)

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Codex

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Codex. A book in modern format, ie with pages, as distinct from eg a scroll. Usually refers to a hand-written, ancient book.

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Dead Sea Scrolls

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Dead Sea Scrolls. Scrolls found in jars in a cave in Israel and containing ancient writings, including very early copies of many books of the Old Testament.

See also: Scroll (Closed) and Scroll (Scripture)

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Decree

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Decree. An official order.

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Edict

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Edict. A proclamation or order issued by the state or someone in authority.

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Epistle

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Epistle. A formal letter of instruction or moral teaching written to a group or community. The New Testament has 21 letters, written by Saint Paul and other authors.

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Foundational Legend (Etiological Myth)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Foundational Legend (Etiological Myth). The stories and myths that explain and describe the origins of countries, cities or groups of people.

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Genesis

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Genesis. Genesis – (Greek for origins). First book of the Christian and Hebrew Bibles, containing Judaism’s account of the origins of the world.

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Gospels (-The)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of The Gospels. The four books of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) that present accounts of Jesus’s life and set out the Christian message.

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Greek

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Greek. The language of Greece.

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Heptateuch

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Heptateuch. The first seven books of the Old Testament.

See also: Hebrew (Language)

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Hieroglyphs

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Hieroglyphs. The system of characters used in Ancient Egyptian writing, sometimes described as picture words.

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Ichthys / Ichthus

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Ichthys / Ichthus. A simple, single line drawing of a fish, used as a secret symbol by early Christians and now used by Christians across the world to symbolise Christianity.

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Inscriptional Curse

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Inscriptional Curse. A warning sometimes included in ancient documents and contracts against anyone who changed any of the wording.

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