This word comes from the Latin for "writings" and refers to a collection of the most important documents in a given religious community. Many different religions have scriptures. The term "canon," which means a rule or listing, refers to the list of items included in a scripture.
The sacred writings of a religious body. In Orthodoxy there is a recognized set of writings which is considered of special importance, which is called the Bible. The Orthodox Old Testament contains some sections which are not found in most English Bibles because the Protestants choose to leave them out. These sections are known among non-Orthodox as the Apocrypha.
Scripture or sacred writings are those collections of stories, poems, laws, annals, letters, love poems, prophecies and wise sayings which are regarded as sacred and necessary for salvation. A faith community regards its scriptures as essential to the teaching of its faith and the telling of its story. Scripture is used in public worship, as the basis of prayer, and for private edification and devotion. It is best engaged with enthusiastically and creatively as a basis for discussion and debate. The imaginative interpretation of scripture is what enables it to engage with succeeding generations of believers.