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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.

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    ARTICLES ON DEVARIM AND THE THREE WEEKS:

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    Fear Itself
    Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5758

    Taking Stock
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    If only . . .
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    > Look Deeper
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    Now I Know My Aleph-Bais
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    How?
    Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5761

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    Hidden Yet Loving
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

    No Child's Game
    Rabbi Dovid Green - 5760

    They Can Assure a Cure
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    Harsh Hugs
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5765

    What Are We Mourning on the Ninth of Av
    Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5765

    One Heart
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5771

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    The Laws of Kashrus: Is it techinical or something deeper?
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5773

    Honesty
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5761

    Parshas Devarim - Eichah?
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

    Small Allusions
    Rabbi Chaim Flom - 5767



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    ARTICLES ON DEVARIM AND THE THREE WEEKS:

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    The Usual Suspects
    Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5762

    Because of Us, not Through Us
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    Speaking Louder
    Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5756

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    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5773

    How?
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    The Secret to Rebuke
    Shlomo Katz - 5772

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    17th of Tammuz: Why We Fast - Part 2
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

    Mourning on the 9th of Av: The Reasons
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

    Paradise Lost
    Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5759

    ArtScroll

    The Foundation of Piety
    Shlomo Katz - 5773

    Payment in Full
    Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5769

    Shabat Outweighs the Ninth Day of Av
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

    Looking for a Chavrusah?

    What Are We Mourning on the Ninth of Av
    Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5765

    The Real $24,000 Question
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5757

    In a Month We Call -“Av”
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

    Eisav's Reward
    Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5759



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