Category: Judaism - Books of the Bible

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'The Five Books of Moses (Chumash)' in Hebrew
The word "chumash" comes from "chamesh", the number five in Hebrew. Technically it refers to one book of the Five Books of Moses, but a book with all five books is also referred to as a chumash.
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'Genesis (Bereisheet)' in Hebrew
Bereisheet (there are various ways of spelling it in English) is the first word of the Hebrew Bible / Tanach, and means "in the beginning".
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'Exodus (Shemot)' in Hebrew
Shemot means "names" in Hebrew.
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'Leviticus (Vayikra)' in Hebrew
Vayikra means "and he called" in Hebrew. It is the first word of the book of the Hebrew Bible of that name.
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'Numbers (Bamidbar)' in Hebrew
Bamidbar means "in the wilderness" in Hebrew.
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'Deuteronomy (Devarim)' in Hebrew
Devarim means "words" in Hebrew.
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'Prophets (Nevi'im)' in Hebrew
The Hebrew Bible is called the "Tanach" (תנ"ך), consisting of Torah (the ת), Nevi'im (Prophets -- the נ) and Ketuvim (Writings -- the ך). The Nevi'im section includes the following books: Yehoshua (Joshua), Shoftim (Judges), Shmu'el (Samuel), Melachim (Kings), Yeshayahu (Isaiah), Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah), Yehezkel (Ezekiel) and the 12 Minor Prophets.


'Joshua (Yehoshua)' in Hebrew
As in English, in Hebrew Sefer Yehoshua (often simply called Yehoshua) is named after the prophet who is at the center of the action in the book. As Joshua is a common English name, so too Yehoshua is a common name in Hebrew.
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'Judges (Shoftim)' in Hebrew
Shoftim means "Judges" in Hebrew.
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'Samuel (Shmuel)' in Hebrew
As in English, in Hebrew Sefer Shmuel (often simply called Shmuel) is named after the prophet who is critical to the action in the book. In Hebrew I Samuel is called Shmuel Alef and II Samuel is called Shmuel Bet. This is because the letter Alef has the numerical value of 1 and Bet has the numerical value of 2. As Samuel is a common English name, so too Shmuel is a common name in Hebrew.
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