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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: the whole body of the Jewish sacred writings and tradition including the oral tradition
2: the first of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures comprising the first five books of the Hebrew Bible considered as a unit [syn: Torah, Pentateuch, Laws]
3: (Judaism) the scroll of parchment on which the first five books of the Hebrew Scripture is written; is used in a synagogue during services

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Hebrew t?r?h Date: 1577 1. the body of wisdom and law contained in Jewish Scripture and other sacred literature and oral tradition 2. the five books of Moses constituting the Pentateuch 3. a leather or parchment scroll of the Pentateuch used in a synagogue for liturgical purposes

Britannica Concise

In Judaism, the divine revelations to Israel; specifically, the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. By tradition their authorship has been ascribed to Moses, but biblical scholarship has shown that they were written and compiled at a much later date, probably in the 9th-5th cent. BC, though drawing on much older traditions. The Scroll of the Torah (Sefer Torah) is kept in the Synagogue Ark. The term Torah (but not Pentateuch) is often applied to the whole Hebrew Scripture (i.e., the later books of the Old Testament), or, even more generally, to that and other Jewish sacred literature and oral tradition.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 (usu. prec. by the) a the Pentateuch. b a scroll containing this. 2 the will of God as revealed in Mosaic law. Etymology: Heb. torah instruction

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Torah To"rah, Tora To"ra, n.; pl. Toroth. [Heb. t[=o]r[=a]h.] (Jewish Lit.) (a) A law; a precept. A considerable body of priestly Toroth. --S. R. Driver. (b) Divine instruction; revelation. Tora, . . . before the time of Malachi, is generally used of the revelations of God's will made through the prophets. --T. K. Cheyne. (c) The Pentateuch or ``Law of Moses.'' The Hebrew Bible is divided into three parts: (1) The Torah, ``Law,'' or Pentateuch. (2) The Prophets . . . (3) The Kethubim, or the ``Writings,'' generally termed Hagiographa. --C. H. H. Wright.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

to'-ra.

See LAW IN THE OLD TESTAMENT; REVELATION.

Moby Thesaurus

Apocrypha, Chumash, Hagiographa, Hexateuch, Major Prophets, Nebiim, Octateuch, Old Testament, Pentateuch, Sefer Torah, Tenach, Torah scroll, Virginal, breviary, canon, church book, euchologion, euchology, farse, formulary, lectionary, litany, machzor, manual, missal, ordinal, pontifical, prayer book, ritual, rituale, rubric, service book, siddur, the Law, the Prophets, the Writings



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