Bible

The Bible

The Tanakh

The Jewish Bible, or Tanakh, has three sections: Torah, Prophets, and Writings. But the Bible is hardly bound by its covers. It has inspired commentaries that span thousands of years. The origins of the biblical books may be disputed, but their centrality to Judaism--and Western civilization--is most definitely not.

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Torah

What is the Torah?

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.

Authorship

Is the Bible God's word?

Bible Characters

Moses

Moses

The greatest of Jewish leaders and prophets.

Abraham

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

Rachel

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.

Jacob

The father of the children of Israel.


Prophets

Prophets

Prophets

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.

Isaiah

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

Writings

Writings

Writings

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.

Proverbs

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.

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