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The New Testament makes up half of the Christian biblical "canon". The other half is called the Old Testament and comes from Hebrew Scriptures. The New Testament is an anthology, a collection of works written at different times by various authors. The New Testament contains Gospels, or accounts of Jesus' life from 4 followers' perspectives. The New Testament contains "parables" and teachings of Jesus, as well as letters or epistles from his followers to members of the early Church. In almost all Christian traditions today, the New Testament consists of 27 books. Christians hold different views as to whether these scriptures are "literal" or "inspired".
Psalms is a collection of poems and songs from the Hebrew Scriptures. One of several holy Jewish texts, The Hebrew Scriptures (also Hebrew Bible) is a term used by biblical scholars to refer to the Jewish Bible (Hebrew: Tanakh). Taken together, the 150 poems have been said to virtually express the full range of the Jewish people's religious faith.
Buddhist sacred texts such as the Lotus Sutra are a library collection of oral teachings by the historical Buddha (2500 years ago) and sages since. Buddhist sacred texts such as the Lotus Sutra are seen as guides on the spiritual path.
The Quran also sometimes transliterated as Qur'an, Kuran, Koran, Qur'an, Coran or al-Qur'an, is the central religious text of Islam, which Muslims consider the verbatim word of God (Arabic: Allah) and the final divine revelation.
The Bhagavad Gita (Sanskrit: Song of God), also more simply known as Gita, is a Hindu scripture. Its philosophies and insights are intended to reach beyond the scope of religion and to humanity as a whole. It is at times referred to as the "manual for mankind" and has been highly praised by not only prominent Indians such as Gandhi but also Aldous Huxley, Albert Einstein, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Carl Jung and Herman Hesse. It is considered among the most important texts in the history of literature and philosophy.