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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 HAAZINU AND ELUL / ROSH HASHANAH:

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    Shlomo Katz - 5759

    And Straight Again!
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

    The song of Haazinu - A Survival Guide
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    Focusing Our Prayers
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    Rosh Hashana and the Kiss of Life
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    Judge Me Tender, Judge Me Sweet
    Rabbi Dovid Green - 5760

    > Shofar: The Court Summons
    Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5766

    Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

    Lessons on Prayer
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

    Looking for a Chavrusah?

    Trial Preparation
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

    Calculated Double Speak
    Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5759

    Listen to the Music!
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5755

    ArtScroll

    Rav Gedaliah Schorr on Revealed and Hidden Manifestations of G-d
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5767

    A Piece of the Puzzle
    Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

    Menachem Tzion on "Binu Shnos Dor V'Dor"
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5770

    A Welcome Houseguest
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759



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    ARTICLES ON HAAZINU AND ELUL / ROSH HASHANAH:

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    Wordless Prayers
    Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5771

    Rosh Hashanah
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    Encouraging News Before Rosh Hashana
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    Leave it Up to the King
    Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5764

    That Ancient Memory
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5771

    Nerve Centre of the Year
    Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

    ArtScroll

    A Matter of Perspective
    Rabbi Dovid Green - 5756

    Counterfeit!
    Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

    Poor Beginning, Wealthy End
    Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

    Looking for a Chavrusah?

    Listen Up! Here's the Brochah
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766

    And Straight Again!
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

    Reversing the Chain Reaction
    Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

    > Self Cancellation
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763

    Parshat Ki Tavo
    Shlomo Katz - 5764

    Lessons from a Farewell Speech
    Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

    Doing Our Part
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771



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