Category: Judaism - Books of the Bible


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'The Five Books of Moses (Chumash)' in Hebrew
Note: 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
Note: 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
Note: Shemot means "names" in Hebrew.
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'Leviticus (Vayikra)' in Hebrew
Note: 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
Note: Bamidbar means "in the wilderness" in Hebrew.
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'Deuteronomy (Devarim)' in Hebrew
Note: Devarim means "words" in Hebrew.
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'Prophets (Nevi'im)' in Hebrew
The Hebrew Bible is called the "Tanach" (תָּנָ"ך), which is an abbreviation for its three sections: The first section--the "ת"--is the תּוֹרָה (Torah), which in this case refers to the first five books. This section is also called the "חוּמָּשׁ" (Khoo-MAHSH). The second section--the "נ"--is the נְבִיאִים (nə-vee-EEM) (Prophets). The third section--the "ך"--is the כְּתוּבִים (kə-too-VEEM) (Writings). (Note that in the abbreviation, there is a final ך because it is the final letter of the abbreviation, even though the word "כְּתוּבִים" begins with a regular כּ).
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'Joshua (Yehoshua)' in Hebrew
Note: 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
Note: Shoftim means "Judges" in Hebrew.
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'Samuel (Shmuel)' in Hebrew
Note: 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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