Chazal give the following list of names for books of Tanach (Bava Basra 14b):

סידרן של כתובים רות וספר תהלים ואיוב ומשלי קהלת שיר השירים וקינות דניאל ומגילת אסתר עזרא ודברי הימים

The order of the Writings is Rus, Book of Tehillim, Iyov, Mishlei, Koheles, Shir HaShirim, Kinnos, Daniel, Megillas Esther, Ezra, Divrei HaYamim.

I've bolded two titles of books - Sefer Tehillim and Megillas Esther. All of them are Sefarim, and five (four?) of them are Megillos, so why are these singled out?

  • It's probably just whatever names were common for them. No way to ever know why those were the popular terms. Note Massekhet Megillah about Ester. Clearly the term megillah was strongly associated with Ester in particular. – mevaqesh Aug 4 '17 at 3:27
  • Consider checking manuscripts of the page such small details in wording frequently vary among manuscripts. If they all have it like this, it would strengthen the question. – mevaqesh Aug 4 '17 at 3:28
  • @mevaqesh I don't have access to an Oz V'hadar and its Haghos v'Tziyunim, so if someone else does, feel free to mention if something shows up in there. Often they quote such variations there. – DonielF Aug 4 '17 at 3:31
  • @mevaqesh Note also Megillas Taanis. I'd expect Megillas Kinnos to match. – DonielF Aug 4 '17 at 3:33
  • I wonder if it originally said ספרי תהלים – Double AA Aug 4 '17 at 3:39

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