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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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    The Meaning of Noach
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5770

    The Rainbow Coalition
    Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5761

    Choosing Sides
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

    ArtScroll

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

    What Goes Around Comes Around
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

    Communication Brings Unity
    Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    The Rainmaker
    Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5759

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

    Miracles Can Happen Slowly
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5764

    > Why We Keep Sinning
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5774

    People In Stone Houses Should Not Cast Bricks
    Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5771

    The Gift of Meat
    Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5761

    Looking for a Chavrusah?

    Taking a Hint
    Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5766

    Noach Did Not Become Wicked, He Just Became Plain
    - 5768

    Wine and Window Washers
    Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5770

    The World is a Symphony
    Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757



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    ARTICLES ON NOACH:

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    The Best Policy
    Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5765

    Meaningful Speech
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5773

    Love versus Fear
    Shlomo Katz - 5763

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    'Moment'ary Blunders
    Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

    Why We Keep Sinning
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5774

    Positive Speech Builds a Brighter World
    Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5762

    Looking for a Chavrusah?

    Leave They Must
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

    The Choosing People
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5761

    A Sobering Lesson
    - 5768

    ArtScroll

    Building Towers - For What?
    - 5774

    Unity and Conformity
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5765

    People In Stone Houses Shouldn
    Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5773

    > The Purpose of Creation Part III
    Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5763

    Gevuros and History
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763

    Choosing Sides
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

    Rabbi Frand on Parshas Noach
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5770



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