Bible

Bible Quiz

How much do you know about the contents of the Bible and about biblical scholarship?

Jonah and Yom Kippur

4 reasons we read this text on the Day of Atonement

The Book of Proverbs

This section of the Bible includes a feminine depiction of wisdom and the text of the "Eshet Chayil" blessing.

Kisses Sweeter than Wine: Understanding the Song of Songs

Read during the week of Passover, this biblical text is an unabashedly sensuous paean to love.

The Making of a Torah Scroll

Written by hand, a sefer Torah is produced according to strict specifications.

The Ten Plagues

Of blood, frogs, hail and more.

The Book of Esther’s Violent Ending

When an oppressed group massacres others.

Ketuvim (Writings)

The third section of the Tanakh, or Hebrew Bible, includes poetry, philosophy, history and stories.

The Book of Psalms (Sefer Tehillim)

These 150 poems feature prominently in Jewish liturgy and are among the Bible's most widely read verses.

Havruta: Learning in Pairs

A modern emphasis on peer-guided text study--an approach with ancient roots--reflects new social realities in the world of traditional Jewish learning.

Women in the Bible

In the Bible, women are sometimes portrayed as men's equals and other times as men's subordinates — or property.

Creating the Canon

The process and the product of the canonization of the Bible became the basis for a varied tradition of interpretation.