The Christian scriptures, consisting of the Old and New Testaments; the Jewish scriptures, consisting of the Torah or Law, the Prophets, and the Hagiographa or Writings.
The Bible is traditionally regarded by Christians as having divine authority, though they disagree on how it should be interpreted. The medieval Catholic Church suppressed translations of the Latin text into the vernacular, and only at the Reformation did they become widely available; among English translations the Authorized or King James Version of 1611 made a lasting impression on English culture. Since the 19th century, the methods of critical scholarship have been applied to the Bible as a historical text, though fundamentalist belief in its literal truth has become prominent in the 20th century.
Bible Belt those areas of the southern and middle western United States and western Canada where Protestant fundamentalism is widely practised.