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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 NOACH:

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    Noach - A 'Standard' Tzaddik
    Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5764

    Why We Keep Sinning
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5774

    A Flood of Something...
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

    Looking for a Chavrusah?

    A Place To Be
    Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5775

    Did The Animals Come Or Did Noach Have To Bring Them?
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5773

    Delight Amidst Devastation
    Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5762

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    The Sign of the Olive
    Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

    Great Is Peace
    - 5769

    Hide the Shame
    Rabbi Dovid Green - 5758

    > The Miracle of Free Will
    Rabbi Elly Broch - 5765

    How To Need Nothing And Have Everything
    Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

    In Man's Diminished Image
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

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    Out of the Darkness
    Shlomo Katz - 5773

    It's All About Redemption Part II
    Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5766

    Drowning in a Lack of Heaven
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5775

    The World is a Symphony
    Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757



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    ARTICLES ON NOACH:

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    Too Perfect
    Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759

    Priorities Define A Person
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5766

    Internal Beliefs Have External Effects
    Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5758

    ArtScroll

    Make it a Habit
    Shlomo Katz - 5774

    A Flood of Something...
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

    Beyond Youth
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    In His Generation
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

    What a Deal!
    Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

    Not Better or Worse, Just Different
    Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5756

    > If it Hurts, Scream!
    Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

    Joint Efforts
    Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5772

    'Moment'ary Blunders
    Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

    Looking for a Chavrusah?

    "G-d Watches Over Man"
    Shlomo Katz - 5764

    Out of the Darkness
    Shlomo Katz - 5773

    Leisure Time
    Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5766

    Leave They Must
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5766



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