What is the Torah?

The five books of Moses form the basis of all Jewish law and practice.

Portion by Portion

A description of the highlights of the Torah, according to the divisions of the weekly portions.

Torah of Moses

A look at the concept of Mosaic authorship of the Torah in traditional sources.

Literary Criticism

Examining narrative technique, tone, theme, narrative structure, and imagery in the Bible.


Is the Bible God's word?

Bible Characters


The greatest of Jewish leaders and prophets.


He may have been a historical individual before he became a figure of tradition and legend.


The last of the matriarchs was Jacob's true love.

Hagar & Ishmael

An example of ancient surrogate motherhood and the biblical destiny of the child.


The father of the children of Israel.



Nevi’im (Prophets) presents Israel's history as a nation on its land.

Former Prophets

A remarkable discovery with eternal repercussions.

Latter Prophets

The literary prophets had a difficult and often unpopular mission.

The 12 Minor Prophets

Twelve minor prophets form one book.


Ethical teachings and prophetic intervention in the political events of his day.



The third section of the Tanakh includes a variety of religious expressions.

Wisdom Literature

The wise man's counsel.

Book of Psalms

Traditional interpretations, modern views, and liturgical uses of Psalms.


King Solomon (or someone like him) brings wisdom to the people.

Song of Songs

The Rabbis taught: All the writings are holy, but the Song of Songs is the Holy of Holies.