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Scripture is that portion of literature deemed authoritative for establishing instructions within any of a number of specific religious traditions, especially the Abrahamic religions.[] Such bodies of writings are also sometimes known as the canon of scripture. They are often associated with the belief that they were either given directly, or otherwise inspired, by God, or associated with other kinds of direct access to absolute truth. As such, the term scripture is more specific than religious text, which scholars apply even to mythological and ritual texts from ancient religions, where records of their authority (or heresy) have not survived.[]



Investigations by scholars of comparative religion determine the different reasoning that lies behind why various traditions determine some writings to be scripture and others not.[][]

This can be illustrated by the documentation of the Egyptian cult of Aten,[] which lasted less than a generation (ca 1350–1335 BC), having been suppressed as heresy. The Nicene Creed[] is an early Christian description of their beliefs. However, although this is clearly a religious text and is still highly valued by Christians today, it is not considered scripture[] because it is not among the sacred writings of either the Old or New Testaments. Scriptures are religious texts, the truth of which is received by believers in some traditions based only faith or belief, in that faith is belief in the trustworthiness of a written/spoken idea that has not been proven.[] However, in the Abrahamic traditions especially, but also in others, the scriptures include documentation of events, and reasoned arguments, so the concept of faith is understood to be based on objective and verifiable facts, not merely "blind trust".


The Aqdas, used by Bahais

In Sikhism

In the Bahá'í Faith

In Islam

thumb|The Quran, used by Muslims

  • The Qur'an (also spelled, Koran)

In Judaism

thumb|The Talmud, used by Jews

In Catholicism

In Protestantism

thumb|The Bible, used by Christians

Among Latter-day saints (Mormon) and some derived sects




  • Occasionally, some of the hymns (including at least one found in Hymns, 1985—no. 292) are deemed as scripture, teaching doctrines not necessarily taught elsewhere first[].

Living scripture

  • Latter-day saints believe in continuing scripture that may manifest itself in numerous ways, including directly from the Holy Ghost to ordained servants of God[].


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