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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


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    ARTICLES ON VAYECHI AND ASARA BETEVES:

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    Another Beginning of a Different End
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    Seventeen Years of Serenity
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    Two Special Attributes of Yehudah
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    A Life Unto the Nations
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    A Small Glimpse of the Larger Picture
    Dovid Hoffman - 5758

    > Serving God with Our Knowledge
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5770

    A King - Size Mistake
    Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5770

    A Hate Worse Than Death
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    King David Took His Precedent From Yaakov
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5766

    To Swear or Not To Swear
    Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5760

    The Blessing of Exceeding Ones Potential
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5764

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    The Children Will Return To Their Borders
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5758

    Stolen Crafts
    Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

    Too Much of a Good Thing
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5759

    Trust in G-d
    Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5760



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    ARTICLES ON VAYECHI AND ASARA BETEVES:

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    Miracle Trees
    Shlomo Katz - 5760

    Shhhhhh… The Secret of Immortality
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    The Naked Truth
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

    Know and Take Heed
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

    The Connection between Livelihood and Redemption
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5765

    > An Avoidable Siege
    Rabbi Naphtali Hoff - 5774

    Under G-d's Wings
    Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5766

    The Tenth of Tebet
    Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5767

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    Give It Up
    Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5769

    The Bread-Eating Jew
    Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757

    Words Like Arrows
    Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5760

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    Rachel's Cries
    Shlomo Katz - 5771

    A Father's Blessing
    Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5768

    A Small Glimpse of the Larger Picture
    Dovid Hoffman - 5758

    The Blessing of Exceeding Ones Potential
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5764



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