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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 BESHALACH AND TU BESHVAT:

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    Out of Bounds
    Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5762

    Anatomy of a Sin
    Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5768

    Can A Person Sleep For Seventy Years?
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

    ArtScroll

    Wise Water
    Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5760

    We Pay for Everything
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

    Fruits of Holiness
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5762

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    Following Orders
    Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig - 5762

    Walls of Water
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5765

    Well-Bread Jews
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

    Looking for a Chavrusah?

    Erev Rav: Return to Sender
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

    Israel's Secret Weapon
    Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5763

    Questions to Ponder
    Rabbi Jeff Kirshblum - 5764

    > Input...Output
    Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757

    Song of Moses and Isreal
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5774

    How Did Pharaoh Do It?
    Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

    As the Season Turns
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767



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    ARTICLES ON BESHALACH AND TU BESHVAT:

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    Mon or Man?
    Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5766

    The Two Loaves
    Shlomo Katz - 5773

    Clear Intructions
    Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5759

    > Tu B'Shvat Has Arrived
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

    Everyone Needs Attention
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5763

    The Test
    Shlomo Katz - 5772

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    A Time to Sing
    Shlomo Katz - 5774

    Building a Spiritual Pipeline
    Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759

    A Clean Break
    Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5761

    Looking for a Chavrusah?

    Life is a Stage
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

    The Spiritual Effect of Tasting the Manna
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

    Seamless Song
    Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5766

    ArtScroll

    Moshe's Incredible Humility
    Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5763

    Sweet' Can Emerge From 'Bitter
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5762

    The Importance of Trees
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

    How Did Pharaoh Do It?
    Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764



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