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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

    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.

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    ARTICLES ON PINCHAS AND THE THREE WEEKS:

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    Learning to Love What Is!
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

    A Judgement Call
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

    How We Suffer
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

    > Pinchas: A Man For All Eras And All Places
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5768

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

    Tzelafchad's Daughters Were Motivated By The Land, Not The Money
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5765

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    Great Leaders
    Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig - 5764

    A Dove Amongst Eagles
    Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5770

    Getting Answers
    Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig - 5765

    ArtScroll

    Our lives Revolve Around God
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5770

    Moshe's Sales Pitch
    Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

    Elevating Actions
    Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5762

    Looking for a Chavrusah?

    Forgotten Oaths
    Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

    More than Meets the Eye
    Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5763

    Eliyahu Chai!
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763

    9th of Av: Reasons for Fasting - Part 2
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758



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    ARTICLES ON PINCHAS AND THE THREE WEEKS:

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    More than Meets the Eye
    Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5763

    A Flock Without a Shepherd
    Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

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

    > Pinchas: A Man For All Eras And All Places
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5768

    A Double-Edged Sword
    Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5772

    Our lives Revolve Around God
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5770

    ArtScroll

    Lead Us and We Will Follow
    Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5758

    Standing Up to the Prevailing Winds
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5758

    One Heart
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5771

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    Future = Trust + Faith
    Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5759

    Self-Worship
    Rabbi Dovid Green - 5761

    Vov of Connection-Vov of Division
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5761

    Looking for a Chavrusah?

    Moshe's Last Stand
    Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757

    Grandson of Aharon -- The Lover of Peace
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5774

    YomTov, vol. XIII # 3
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5767

    Kamtza and Bar-Kamtza
    Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758



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