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  1. Tanakh, Tanach, Hebrew Scripturenoun

    the Jewish scriptures which consist of three divisions--the Torah and the Prophets and the Writings


  1. Tanakhnoun

    The body of Jewish scripture comprising the Torah, the Neviim (prophets) and the Ketuvim (writings), corresponding roughly to the Christian Old Testament.


  1. Tanakh

    The Hebrew Bible or Tanakh (; Hebrew: תָּנָ״ךְ‎ Tānāḵh), also known in Hebrew as Miqra (; Hebrew: מִקְרָא‎ Mīqrā), is the canonical collection of Hebrew scriptures, including the Torah, the Nevi'im, and the Ketuvim. Different branches of Judaism and Samaritanism have maintained different versions of the canon, including the 3rd-century Septuagint text used by Second-Temple Judaism, the Syriac language Peshitta, the Samaritan Torah, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and most recently the 10th century medieval Masoretic text created by the Masoretes currently used in modern Rabbinic Judaism. The terms "Hebrew Bible" or "Hebrew Canon" are frequently confused with the Masoretic text, however, this is a medieval version and one of several texts considered authoritative by different types of Judaism throughout history. The modern Masoretic text is mostly in Biblical Hebrew, with a few passages in Biblical Aramaic (in the books of Daniel and Ezra, and the verse Jeremiah 10:11).The authoritative form of the modern Hebrew Bible used in Rabbinic Judaism is the Masoretic Text (7th to 10th century CE), which consists of 24 books, divided into pesuqim (verses). The contents of the Medieval Masoretic text are similar, but not identical, to those of the Protestant Old Testament, in which the material is divided into 39 books and arranged in a different order. This is due to the Tiberian-Masoretic text having been considered the "original" Hebrew text across Europe since the Renaissance, including within the Catholic church. Scholars within the Catholic church started to treat these books differently due to this misunderstanding of the Masoretic text, and Martin Luther took this understanding even further due to the ad fontes influence of Humanism. Luther did not know the Masoretic was a modern interpretation when using it to justify removing 7 books from the Christian Old Testament. The ancient Christian Bibles currently used by the Catholic and Orthodox churches are based on the Septuagint, which was considered the authoritative scriptural canon by Second-Temple Judaism practiced by the 1st century Christians.In addition to the Masoretic Text, modern scholars seeking to understand the history of the Hebrew Bible use a range of sources. These include the Septuagint, the Syriac language Peshitta translation, the Samaritan Pentateuch, the Dead Sea Scrolls collection and quotations from rabbinic manuscripts. These sources may be older than the Masoretic Text in some cases and often differ from it. These differences have given rise to the theory that yet another text, an Urtext of the Hebrew Bible, once existed and is the source of the versions extant today. However, such an Urtext has never been found, and which of the three commonly known versions (Septuagint, Masoretic Text, Samaritan Pentateuch) is closest to the Urtext is debated.


  1. Tanakh

    The Tanakh is a name used in Judaism for the canon of the Hebrew Bible. The Tanakh is also known as the Masoretic Text or the Miqra. The name is an acronym formed from the initial Hebrew letters of the Masoretic Text's three traditional subdivisions: The Torah, Nevi'im and Ketuvim —hence TaNaKh. The name "Miqra", meaning "that which is read", is an alternative Hebrew term for the Tanakh. The books of the Tanakh were relayed with an accompanying oral tradition passed on by each generation, called the Oral Torah.

Editors Contribution

  1. Tanakhnoun

    Also transliterated into English as Tanach

    Tanakh was always taught in translation where I went to school.

    Etymology: Acronym formed by the three initials of the Hebrew words for the holy writings.

    Submitted by grosslearning on May 15, 2022  

  2. Tanakh

    translation into source language (Hebrew) תנ"ך Note the quote marks. These indicate that there is an initial-type acronym.

    Submitted by grosslearning on May 15, 2022  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of TANAKH in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of TANAKH in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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  1. Yossi Ziegler:

    It is a Tanakh which was produced not for Hebrew readership, it was produced for, I assume, Christian scholars interested in the Hebrew text and wishing to have access to the best version of it.

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