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The 24 Books of the Hebrew Bible

In their simplest form, the twenty-four books of the Jewish Bible - the Tanach - present a history of the first 3500 years from creation until the building of the second Temple in Jerusalem. The books also relate the history of the Jewish nation from its earliest stage, through the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai, and until the end of the first commonwealth.

But the Tanach is much more than just history. In it one can learn about G-d's plan for the world and of His relationship with mankind, specifically, His chosen nation - the Jews.

Here is where G-d tells us what He wants us to do!

"And now, Israel, what does the Lord your G-d want of you? Only to fear the Lord your G-d, to go in all His ways and to love Him and to serve the Lord your G-d with all your heart and with all your soul. To guard the commandments of G-d and His statutes..." (Deuteronomy 10 12-13)

Presented here is a very short overview of each of the books of Tanach, divided into three main categories: the Chumash, the Prophets and the Writings.

The Five Books of Moses (Chumash)

  • Genesis
  • Exodus
  • Leviticus
  • Numbers
  • Deuteronomy

    The Eight Books of the Prophets (Neviim)

  • Joshua
  • Judges
  • Samuel
  • Kings
  • Isaiah
  • Jeremiah
  • Ezekial
  • The Twelve (minor prophets) Trei-Assar

    The Eleven Books of the Writings (Kesuvim)

  • Psalms - Tehilim
  • Proverbs - Mishlei
  • Job - Iyov
  • Song of Songs - Shir HaShirim
  • Ruth - Rus
  • Lamentations - Eicha
  • Ecclesiastes - Koheles
  • Esther
  • Daniel - Doniel
  • Ezra/Nehemia
  • Chronicles - Divrei Hayamim


    Rabbi Boruch Clinton teaches at the Ottawa Torah Institute yeshiva high school and Machon Sarah high school for girls (both in Ottawa, Canada). You may reach him with comments and questions at bclinton@torah.org.

    You can now read some of Rabbi Clinton's essays on Torah life at http://www.ncf.ca/~es625/essays

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    Copyright 2000 by Rabbi Boruch Clinton and Project Genesis, Inc.

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    ARTICLES ON VAYIGASH AND CHANUKAH:

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    Chanukah Vs. Purim
    Shlomo Katz - 5760

    The Real Story
    Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

    Walls - and Worlds - Apart
    Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5774

    ArtScroll

    The Aleph-Beis of Relationships
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5769

    The Light of Devotion
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

    A Little Background Information
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

    Looking for a Chavrusah?

    To Fergin or Forget
    Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

    Sparing Embarrassment Of His Brothers Was Worth The Risk
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5773

    The Challenge
    Shlomo Katz - 5774

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    The Wagons That Yosef Sent
    Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5766

    A Gallery of Heroes
    Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5763

    Thanks for What?
    Shlomo Katz - 5774

    > Tightening the Hellenistic Screws: A History of Chanukah, Part I
    Rabbi Naphtali Hoff - 5774

    Dreaming in Real-Time
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5761

    What Are You Waiting For?
    Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5766

    Natural Miracles
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766



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    ARTICLES ON VAYIGASH AND CHANUKAH:

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    Maintaining Family Unity
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5770

    Light Up Right
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

    Preconceived notions
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5774

    ArtScroll

    The Essence of Reproof
    Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759

    To Live in Harmony During Peaceful Times
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5771

    Paint the World with Light
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5775

    Looking for a Chavrusah?

    Parashat Vayigash & the Fast of the 10th of Tebet
    Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5764

    Don't Look A Gift-Donkey In The Mouth
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5765

    Mitzvah Lamp
    Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5766

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    Kingship = Responsibility
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5764

    Tears of Joy (And Joseph Wept)
    Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5768

    How Yosef Got His Job
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5774

    > Age Old Questions
    Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5756

    O Chanukah, O Chanukah . . .
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5765

    The Strong and the Weak
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767

    Light From Darkness, Take Two
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766



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