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  1. Torah (the 5 books) is [considered] G-d dictated, holistic and include all the necessary knowledge. It is allowed to be passed in the written form.

  2. The detailed interpretations were given orally and are to be passed in that way and forbidden to be written.

  3. G-d notifies, that eventually and occasionally, He will appoint additional prophets, people should listen to.

I have difficulty understanding why #3 falls into category #1, as it isn't Moses' prophecy and is "extra Toranean". Besides, as per various Gemmoros (see B"B 15a) Na"ch wasn't written by the originators, but by much later generations.

If the Torah includes everything, why do we need additional books? And if they are extra-Toranean what permission is there to write them down?

  • I must be missing a few steps: (1) Who's saying "#3 falls into category #1"? (2) Who says that the books of the prophets are interpretations to the Torah? – Tamir Evan Jul 12 at 7:24
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We have explicit statements in Nach itself that G-d commanded the writing of (at least certain) prophecies, for example Yirmiyah 30:2 and 36:2, and Yechezkel 43:11. It's hardly a stretch to say that other prophets were given similar instructions that may not have been recorded. (Consider, for example, Neviim Rishonim. Would you assume that Hashem told Yehoshua or Shmuel or Yirmiyah to just announce these histories publicly, or to write them down?)

And sure, the Torah includes everything. But for that matter, the Aseres Hadibros include all 613 mitzvos. So why the need for the rest of the Torah? Yet Hashem knew that we need to have the "voltage" stepped down into something that can power our daily lives, "translating" the Aseres Hadibros into more down-to-earth terms. That relationship, then, roughly parallels the one between Torah and Nach.

  • I do not think the OP is questioning whether they were allowed, which express instruction from Hashem would answer. Rather, he is asking WHY this is allowed and unlike committing Torah shebaal Peh to writing which is prohibited (and a Navi does not have the authority to nullify the prohibition against doings so)? – Yirmeyahu Jul 12 at 22:20
  • @Yirmeyahu Then that ought to be clarified in the question. What basis is there for saying that everything outside of the five Chumashim is Torah Shebaal Peh and subject to the prohibition on writing it down? By that logic, no one would be able to write a grocery list. – Meir Jul 14 at 3:40

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