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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 LECH LECHA:

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    And Swing with All Your Might
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5760

    Rabbi Frand on Parshas Lech Lecha
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5767

    Lotís and Lots of Opportunities
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5774

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    Every Drop Matters
    Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5758

    Once a Jew, Always a Jew
    Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

    Take the Initiative!
    Shlomo Katz - 5774

    ArtScroll

    Don't Walk in Front of Me (Anymore)
    Shlomo Katz - 5763

    I Lift My Hands
    Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5762

    The Grand Prize of History
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

    Looking for a Chavrusah?

    Jews On the Move
    Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767

    Enduring Lesson
    Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759

    The Mind
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

    > Go to the Land of Canaan
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

    You Shall Live by Them
    Shlomo Katz - 5758

    Obstacles and Opportunities
    Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

    "Steps" in the Right Direction
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758



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    ARTICLES ON LECH LECHA:

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    Mission Impassable
    Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757

    Bless You!
    Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5766

    Uniquely Human
    Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5762

    ArtScroll

    Don't Walk in Front of Me (Anymore)
    Shlomo Katz - 5763

    Bordering on the Holy Land
    Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766

    Spiritual Lamarckism
    Rabbi Dovid Begoun - 5766

    Looking for a Chavrusah?

    No Second Thoughts
    Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5764

    Redefining Pleasure
    Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5775

    An Uplifting Experience
    Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757

    > That Fire Within
    Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

    The Ordeal of Departure
    Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5771

    Keeping Focus
    Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5767

    Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

    Go Away!
    Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

    Case Closed
    Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5760

    Emunah: Keeping the Faith
    Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5768

    A "Sneak Preview" of History
    Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5761



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