Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 

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

    You can also buy his collection of essays on the Book of Shmuel (Samuel) in printed form at www.lulu.com/marbitzmedia

    Copyright © 2000 by Rabbi Boruch Clinton and Project Genesis, Inc.

  •  

    ARTICLES ON BESHALACH AND TU BESHVAT:

    View Complete List

    An Investment In Our Future
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

    Israel's Secret Weapon
    Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5763

    Planting the Seeds of Eternity
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

    > Following Orders
    Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig - 5762

    Leaving Mitzrayim: It Is All For OUR Good
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5774

    The Importance of Trees
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

    Looking for a Chavrusah?

    Sole Survivor
    Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5762

    Like a GPS
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

    Questions to Ponder
    Rabbi Jeff Kirshblum - 5764

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    Like Manna from Heaven
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5767

    The Illusion of Independence
    Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5759

    Anatomy of a Sin
    Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5768

    ArtScroll

    Those Who Help with Mitzvos
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5774

    What is Tu B'Shvat?
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5761

    “What” is Beyond Our Realm!
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

    Yield Right of Way
    Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5760



    Project Genesis

    Torah.org Home


    Torah Portion

    Jewish Law

    Ethics

    Texts

    Learn the Basics

    Seasons

    Features

    TORAHAUDIO

    Ask The Rabbi

    Knowledge Base




    Help

    About Us

    Contact Us



    Free Book on Geulah!




    Torah.org Home
    Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information
     

    ARTICLES ON BESHALACH AND TU BESHVAT:

    View Complete List

    Freedom Revisited
    Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5761

    Patience
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

    Victories and Triumphs
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5768

    ArtScroll

    The Shabbos Remembrance
    Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5767

    Seeing the Hand of God
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5773

    The Power of Blessings
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

    > A Stiff-Necked People
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5761

    A Request
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5768

    Empathy for Others -- A Great Quality in Both the Wicked and the Righteous
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5772

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    What is Tu B'Shvat?
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5761

    Healing the Fracture
    Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

    Planting Our Song
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5760

    Looking for a Chavrusah?

    Rough Beginnings
    Rabbi Dovid Green - 5761

    So Much for Miracles
    Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5758

    Reaching Out
    Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

    A Time to Sing
    Shlomo Katz - 5774



    Project Genesis

    Torah.org Home


    Torah Portion

    Jewish Law

    Ethics

    Texts

    Learn the Basics

    Seasons

    Features

    TORAHAUDIO

    Ask The Rabbi

    Knowledge Base




    Help

    About Us

    Contact Us



    Free Book on Geulah!




    Torah.org Home
    Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information