Torah Bible Study Club 妥拉五經

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Torah Bible Study Club 妥拉五經

  1. 1. What is the difference between Torah and Tanach? The word Bible (from the Greek, Biblia) means The Book (or books!). Actually, as we will see in topic D, the Bible is actually a library of books. Surprisingly, there is no word for Bible as such in Hebrew! Tanach is actually an acronym, (like SCUBA who knows what SCUBAstands for? or RADAR), that stands for Torah, Neviim (Prophets), andKetuvim (Writings). After the Torah reading, a small portion fromNeviim is read, called the Haftarah. Unlike the Torah portions that areread sequentially, the Haftarah is a passage chosen by the Rabbis (of theTalmud) that in some way relates to the Torah reading.There is a word,Mikra, (from Reading) that would be like the English word: Scripture(from Writing), that has the sense of Holy Writ.So, to summarize: All ofthe Torah is in the Tanach (or Bible) but not all of the Tanach is in theTorah. To give some examples: The books of Isaiah, Psalms or Estherare in the Bible, but not in the Torah!

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