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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.

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    The Dawn of a New Era
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    A House or a Home?
    Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5757

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    Once a Jew, Always a Jew
    Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

    The Mind's Eye
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

    That Fire Within
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

    > The Grand Prize of History
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

    Recognizing the Source of Our Good
    Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5762

    Every Drop Matters
    Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5758

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    Universal Responsibility
    Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5763

    Redefining Pleasure
    Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

    Rabbi Frand on Parshas Lech Lecha
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5770

    A Fuzzy Picture
    Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759



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    ARTICLES ON LECH LECHA:

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    The Treaty
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5773

    Home Sweet Home
    Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

    Why The Land of Israel?
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    Dream the Impossible Dream
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5758

    The Ordeal of Departure
    Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

    The Grand Prize of History
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    Spiritual Lamarckism
    Rabbi Dovid Begoun - 5766

    Recognizing the Source of Our Good
    Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5762

    Uniquely Human
    Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5762

    > Emunah: Keeping the Faith
    Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5768

    To the Land That I Will Show You
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

    I Too Was Struck
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

    Looking for a Chavrusah?

    A House or a Home?
    Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5757

    Avraham Foreshadowed Self-Sacrifice To Make Aliyah
    - 5768

    Enduring Lesson
    Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759

    Avraham Initiated The 2000 Years of Torah
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5766



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