The Pentateuch or Torah

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The Pentateuch or Torah

The Pentateuch refers to the first five books of the Bible. For the most part, both Jewish and Christian tradition credit Moses with primary authorship of the Pentateuch. These five books form the theological foundation of the Bible.

The word pentateuch means ‘five-volumed book’. In Hebrew the Pentateuch is known as Torah, meaning ‘the law’ or instruction. Another name for the Pentateuch is ‘the books of Moses’.

The books of the Pentateuch introduce Bible readers to God’s divine purposes and plans, and explain how sin entered the world. In the Pentateuch God’s response to sin and his relationship with mankind is revealed, giving insight into the character and nature of God.

For more information refer to the Introduction to the Pentateuch.

The books of the Pentateuch are: