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?

  • The first couple of volumes of "Our People" published by Kehot is excellent for that purpose. Unfortunately it is out of print, but if you know someone who has a copy, it is a good source. – Yishai Jun 6 '14 at 4:48
  • @Yishai - I think the book is online. chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/246603/jewish/… – Shmuel Jun 6 '14 at 5:15
  • Try this one :P – MTL Jul 2 '14 at 20:35
  • JPS's online translation includes short summaries of each book.
  • Wikipedia and Jewish Encylopedia (and any good encyclopedia, really) has articles with summaries about every book.
  • The Daat Mikra series includes an overview of each book (printed as an introduction in each volume).
  • This website has one-sentence summaries of each chapter (currently incomplete; also covers parts of the New Testament.) This website also has one-sentence summaries.
  • The OU published two Nach Yomi books. There's also one on Chumash, and there's more on their website.
  • Sparknotes has an edition on the Bible. The summaries seem fine, but beware that the analysis is from an academic perspective.
  • This website has summaries of all the books. The website is Christian, but the summaries are OK.
  • Chabad has articles (from the book "Our People: A History of the Jews") that run through all of Jewish history as described in Tanach.
  • Rabbi Ze'ev Yavetz's Toldot Yisrael (series of books on Jewish history), vol. 1-3 cover the entire Tanach. The books are in Hebrew. The series is well-researched and Rabbi Yavetz also offers explanations for particular hard sections of Tanach. At the end of some of the volumes he delves deeper into certain subjects in short essays called "Motza Davar". At the end of vol. 1 he has a genealogy for a large portion of the people of Am Yisrael mentioned in Tanach, among other appendices. Vol. 1, 2, 3.
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    This is a wiki. Please add. – Shmuel Jun 6 '14 at 5:08

I happened to stumble across this book today and instantly thought of this question. I've never read it so I have no idea what the contents are, but from the title it appears to be what you're looking for. The Eternal Books Retold: A Rabbi Summarizes the 39 Books of the Bible


I think the best one that I found so far is called: little Midrash Says it has a Summary on each parsha and a little test at the end. It has about 20 pages on each parsha (clear and big text) here is the link to on of the store's that sell it (seach Little Midrash Says on google and you can find much more stores that sell it) http://seforimsets.com/index.php route=product/product&product_id=363&filter_name=Little%20Midrash%20Says http://seforimsets.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=605

  • This skips most of Tanakh. It also includes plenty of material which isn't in Tanakh. – Double AA Jul 2 '14 at 20:27

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