An acronym of "Torah" (Five Books of Moses), "Neviim" (Prophets), and "Kesuvim" (Writings). The three books together form the "Written Torah".

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Why is Chronicles so similar to Kings?

Why is Chronicles so similar to Kings? Consider these two passages: Ⅱ Kings 22 Ⅱ Chronicles 34 It's almost the same word for word. Were they originally the same book that got forked out like open ...
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Importance of Gavriel in Judaism

What is the status or rank or position or importance of Gavriel as an Angel in Tanach or Oral Law and what causes it to be at that position or rank?
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Are there any commentaries (besides Rashi) on Nach in English online?

I am trying to go through the navi online. I have been using chabad.org and it has Rashi in English but i would like to learn other commentaries as well. Are there any commentaries (besides Rashi) on ...
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The origin of verses in the English translations of the Bible [closed]

I know that the assignment of chapters and verses to the translated text of the bible is a Medieval innovation. My understanding is that it was invented by non-Jewish scholars. However, in several ...
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How do we know that we can interpret the torah non-literally beyond what is found in the talmud?

I have often heard "drashot" or homiletic interpretations of many verses in the torah. How do we know that the torah can be explained in a non-literal way beyond the non-literal explanations found in ...
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Meaning of סוף (suf) = weed/reed vs edge/end

What is the original meaning of the word סף and its cognate סוף ? We know that סף in the Bible means edge or threshold. But why does its cognate סוף carry the meaning of weed or reed most of the ...
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Source for multiple names [duplicate]

What is the source of giving multiple names? Who is the earliest person who had two given names? Any Tannah Amorah or Rishon? Note that I am aware that people in tanach (Moshe Avraham etc.) as well ...
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Is there a book that cross-references where the names of animals are mentioned in Tana"ch?

I was impressed with the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, as it had a verse that mentioned the name of the animal. Is there a book that simulates this idea, i.e. a book that quotes the verse of all the ...
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Doros Rishonim on Shmuel writing tanach

I was hoping someone could point me in a more precise direction as to where the work Doros Rishonim (by Rav Yitzchak Issacc HaLevi) speaks about the opinion of some Bible scholars that Shmuel ...
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If there is only one oral Torah how do we reconcile different interpretations of a written verse? [duplicate]

Many times when you read a confusing verse in the scriptures, several commentators offer their own interpretation. For example, Rashi can say X, Sforno says Y, and Ramban says something completely ...
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What is your favorite passuk? [closed]

I know this is a totally subjective and possibly meta question, but I will ask it anyways, in part to share my own.
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What does Psalm 82 mean?

6 I -- I have said, 'Gods ye are, And sons of the Most High -- all of you, http://yltbible.com/psalms/82.htm So how many gods are there? Who are "you" here? Are we all gods? Here is the context. ...
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How do books which have obviously been compiled become part of Tanach?

Many people believe that the Tanach is completely inerrant. The idea is that God must have preserved his scripture. When later we found that popular copies and translations of the Bible are different ...
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How many pesukim appear multiple times in Tanach

How many pesukim appear multiple times in Tanach? I'm referring to pesukim which are exactly the same in multiple (at least two) places; for example, הודו לה׳ כי טוב כי לעולם חסדו. The cantillation ...
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Names of Angels in Judaism

What are the names of angels mentioned in Jewish scriptures ?
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Bible inerrancy and the Ashbaal→Ishboshet change

In another answer, someone said that Rashi thinks Ashbaal is changed to Ishboshet (sorry for spelling) as derogatory to the baal. So Ishboshet's real name is Ashbaal but then some scribes changed ...
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Chronicles & Kings

I heard that of Chronicles and Kings, Chronicles is purported to be a record of what happened, but Kings is supposed to be a "theologically enhanced" version with symbolism, foreshadowing, motifs and ...
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Different types of giants in Tanach

What's the difference between the ענקים and the רפאים of Tanakh? Both seem to be very large people. Is one a subset of the other? Some Sources: Bamidbar 13:33 and Rashi there, Devarim 3:11
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Sources for retracting an incorrect statement

Is it brought down anywhere, something to the effect that if one realizes he was incorrect in a matter (can be a Torah-related matter, or a secular matter), he must retract his statement? Preferably, ...
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Who is a Jew according the Tanach?

Does the Tanach give guidelines to Identify who is a Jew and who is not?
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Etymology/origin of the name “Ishmael”

What is the etymology of the Biblical name "Ishmael"? Was this name ever used for any of the Biblical characters before Ishmael, the son of Abraham?
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Both with the same name [closed]

Who is the only person in Tanach whose father and father-in-law are two different people and have the exact same name?
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Are there any Jewish miracles? [closed]

I, from an outside faith is studying Judaism. However, I do have a question - are there any Jewish miracles (exclusively Jewish, those that are particular to the faith)? For example, in Christianity ...
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Masculine Terms applied to God

Since ancient Israel was a patriarchal society, does that mean that the intermediary humans that wrote the Tanach were inclined to apply masculine aspects to God because men were dominant in those ...
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Where is the city of Ninveh?

Ninveh is mentioned in the book of Yona that is read on Yom Kippur. Where is Ninveh?
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דוד or דויד why is David spelled differently in the tanach?

Why is David's name spelled דויד and דוד ? with a י and without a י?
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Semantics of the address »the lord« in original scripture

I have some specific questions about adressing God as »the LORD«. When and where does the address »the LORD« first appear in Jewish scripture (in chronological order)? What is it called in the ...
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When did hashem stop the sun?

As in the time of milchemes Ay, Hashem stopped the sun for 36 hours . Where else in Tanach did it happen? I need more then one.
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Book of TaNaKhic names with their meanings

I hope this is the right forum for a search/request like this. A few months ago - unfortunately, I don't remember the context in which it arose - I stumbled across a terrific book on HebrewBooks.org ...
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Book that summarizes tanach?

I have spent many years in yeshivas, but unfortunately I have very little knowledge of Tanach. Is there any recommended book that would help me summarize the main events of the entire tanach?
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Do Jews accept the Bible as being valid? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do Jewish people have a collection of books which are the equivelant of the Christian Old Testament? The Bible has an "Old testament" and a "New Testament". Do Jews use ...
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Does it matter if one takes Torah stories literally/physically?

For example, angels cried into Yitzchak's eyes when he was about to be sacrificed. However, it is usually agreed this is to be taken literally (i.e. angels did exist and their tears did fall into his ...
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source that purpose of this is world is as an arena for human free will

In a lecture on science, Rabbi David Gotlieb states that the purpose of nature is to provide a misleading appearance that the world carries itself, and the purpose of that is to provide an arena for ...
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How did Bilam become Balaam? [duplicate]

How did it come about that Bilam came to be known as Balaam in the non-Jewish world?
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kri ksiv הַגָּגָה samuel 1 9:26 [closed]

What is the reason for the kri ksiv in שמואל א' פרק ט' פסוק כ''ו, in which the ksiv is הגג but the kri הַגָּגָה? I would like to know the reason for how the kri fits in to the pasuk and how the ksiv ...
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Connection Yetziat Mitzrayim to Matan Torah

Searching for verses that connecting the Yetziat Mitzrayim (leaving Egypt - the Exodus) to Matan Torah (receiving the Torah) i found: Bereshit 15:14 and afterward shall they come out.. not with a ...
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Who first described the grammatical distinction of vav ha-hipukh v. vav ha-chibur in Tanakh?

To be more specific, who first wrote that a vav ha-chibur connects words or clauses together, but the vav ha-hipukh causes a "perfect" verb to become "imperfect" (for lack of better terms), and ...
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Correct pronunciation on Jerusalem in Tehillim?

When Jersualem is חסר (no additional 'yud' at the end), in a Tehillim I have (Shai l'Moreh), it has a footnote that it should be pronounced the full way (Ye-RU-Sha-LaY-YIM) on Chapter 79 (and I think ...
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Should anyone be burned to death?

In Leviticus 20:14, it states that a man who has relations with a woman and also with her mother is a despicable lech, whose punishment is to be burned to death. This is one of two transgressions ...
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The “New Covenant” in Jeremiah's Prophesy

I am certain there must be a great answer to this question. Please inform me, as my learning is not so great and I have only started on the study of the Scriptures. Many Christians use the text of ...
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Hebrew individuals prior to Abram [closed]

If Abram is the first known Hebrew, then why are the names to all the patriarchs prior to Abram in Hebrew such as Adam? My second question is, how could Hebrew have originated from a single family of ...
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How Avraham could receive the Divine Presence?

How Avraham was able to receive the Divine Presence if he was not in Eretz Israel and had no brit milah?
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What are the most recited verses during Jewish prayer?

What are the top three most recited/used verses/supplications (from or not from Torah) in Jewish prayers? Not asking about the single most used one only. I think, if a passage or a sentence is ...
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Malachi on tithing [closed]

What is Malachi (or G-d through Malachi's mouth, or whatever) supposed to mean about tithing? Why did we have to pay full price to priests that offered impure sacrifices? Or am I missing the point?
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Why does Halacha not follow the simple reading of the Biblical text?

There are many Halachot which appear to contradict explicit Biblical statements. For example, that an "Eye for an Eye" means monetary compensation. Why does Halacha not follow the simple reading of ...
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Historical evidence for Abraham

According to prof. John Huddleston there is no historical evidence of Abraham from The Genesis. Here is the video. He spokes about it in the first 2-3 minutes: http://youtu.be/21NoQuKTB8Q Is that ...
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Zera levatala - source of issur from Torah

Can someone explain what is the issur of zera levatala? If we learn it from er and onan, it should apply to those who do zera levatala to stop from performing peru u revu, and should also apply to ...
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Seeking Clear Definition of God in Judaism as Presented in Tanakh [closed]

I am curious to know if/how God is crisply defined in the Torah: What is God and what is God not? For example, here is what can be considered a crisp definition of God in the Quran (necessary ...
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Was Intermarriage Permissible at the time of Tanakh?

There are many examples of 'Jewish' characters in Tanach (even post Matan Torah) who marry non-Jews (who are not described in Tanakh as converts), and their actions appear to be accepted. This makes ...
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Which part of Tanach did Moses give the people in Dt. 31?

I read in the below verses that Moses himself wrote the Torah and gave it to his people with the ark. The book given by Moses seemed to be very important since he propheisized that people would ...