The Old Testament
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Basic Information

Most Christian Bibles use the term Old Testament to refer to the Tanakh, or the Hebrew Scriptures. It describes the Creation of the world and the history of the Jewish people from the time of Abraham to the return from the Babylonian Captivity. More importantly, it contains the Law of Moses, the core of the Jewish religion and culture.

  • The Books of Moses (the Torah)
    • Genesis
    • Exodus
    • Leviticus
    • Numbers
    • Deuteronomy
  • The Historical Books
    • Joshua
    • Judges
    • Ruth
    • 1 Samuel
    • 2 Samuel
    • 1 Kings
    • 2 Kings
    • 1 Chronicles
    • 2 Chronicles
    • Ezra
    • Nehemiah
    • Esther
  • The Poetic Books
    • Job
    • Psalms
    • Proverbs
    • Ecclesiastes
    • Song of Solomon
  • The Major Prophets
    • Isaiah
    • Jeremiah
    • Lamentations
    • Ezekiel
    • Daniel
  • The Minor Prophets
    • Hosea
    • Joel
    • Amos
    • Obidiah
    • Jonah
    • Micah
    • Nahum
    • Habakkuk
    • Zephaniah
    • Haggai
    • Zachariah
    • Malachi

The Tanakh contains the same books as the Christian Old Testament, but are ordered differently. In the Tanakh, the books are catagorized in three groups, The Law (Torah); the Prophets (Including most of the longer Historical books except for Chronicles); and the Writings (the Poetic books and the shorter Historical books, including Chronicles)

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