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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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    Lesson of the Ravens
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5763

    Hide the Shame
    Rabbi Dovid Green - 5758

    The Best Policy
    Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5765

    > Out of the Darkness
    Shlomo Katz - 5773

    If it Hurts, Scream!
    Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

    Beyond Youth
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

    Looking for a Chavrusah?

    Nourishment for the Soul
    Shlomo Katz - 5760

    Building Towers - For What?
    - 5774

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

    ArtScroll

    Generation to Generation
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

    Join the Voices in the Ark
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5774

    The Perfect Storm
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5765

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    Priorities Define A Person
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5766

    The Sign of the Olive
    Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

    Saved From a Rainy Day
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

    Making Something of Nothing
    Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig - 5764



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    ARTICLES ON NOACH:

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    The Flood
    Shlomo Katz - 5769

    Meaningful Speech
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5773

    Resilience is Key
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767

    ArtScroll

    Perceptions - Noach
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5769

    Stealing: Not For The Taking
    Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5767

    People In Stone Houses Should not Cast Bricks
    Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

    Looking for a Chavrusah?

    Compounded Interest
    Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5761

    One for the Birds
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5756

    Understanding the Faith of Noach
    Rabbi Yosef Kalatsky - 5763

    > Before It Rains
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

    Maybe
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

    Making Something of Nothing
    Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig - 5764

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    The Choosing People
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5761

    Investing in the Land
    Shlomo Katz - 5767

    New Beginnings
    Shlomo Katz - 5762

    Language Barrier
    Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5760



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