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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 VAYEITZEI AND CHANUKAH:

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    It's a Match!
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5761

    Spreading the Word
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    Interpreting Dreams
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    Looking for a Chavrusah?

    Heavenly Protection
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    Twin Peaks
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    The Twelve Stones Become One: Inverted Symbolism?
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5772

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    That's Chanukah
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

    My Brother, My Enemy
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5765

    Everyday Miracles
    Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5764

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    Yaakov’s Journey
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5769

    Suffering From Success
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5766

    Today's Chanuka Miracle
    Rabbi David Begoun - 5766

    > Every Nana Second
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

    Be Patient!
    Shlomo Katz - 5761

    Shadowy Existence
    Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

    Tightening the Hellenistic Screws: A History of Chanukah, Part I
    Rabbi Naphtali Hoff - 5774



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    ARTICLES ON VAYEITZEI AND CHANUKAH:

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    Lighting Up the Streets
    Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5760

    A Perfect Marriage
    Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5764

    Every Nana Second
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    History Reenacted
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5767

    A Matter of Honour
    Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

    Chanukah: Lights, Camera, Action!
    Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5768

    > The Twelve Stones Become One: Inverted Symbolism?
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5772

    Understanding True Value in This World
    Rabbi Yosef Kalatsky - 5763

    Just Five More Minutes of Sleep!
    Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759

    Looking for a Chavrusah?

    Brothers in Arms
    Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5773

    Making A Deal With The Almighty In The Tradition of Yaakov Avinu
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5767

    Why Eight Days?
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

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    Nice Guys Finish Second -- Second in Command to Pharoah
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5766

    How to Affect Your Enviroment
    Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

    Light Over Darkness
    Rabbi Naphtali Hoff - 5768

    Well-Fare of a Tzaddik
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758



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