SPECIAL TOPIC: THE DIVISIONS OF THE HEBREW BIBLE (Canon)

I. The Law (Torah)

A. Genesis

B. Exodus

C. Leviticus

D. Numbers

E. Deuteronomy

 

II. The Prophets (Nevi'im)

 A. Former Prophets

1. Joshua

2. Judges

3. 1 & 2 Samuel

4. 1 & 2 Kings

 B. Latter Prophets

1. Isaiah

2. Jeremiah

3. Ezekiel

4. The Twelve

a. Hosea 

b. Joel

c. Amos

d. Obadiah

e. Jonah

f. Micah

g. Nahum

h. Habakkuk

i. Zephaniah

j. Haggai

k. Zechariah

l. Malachi  

 

III. The Writings (Kethubim)

A. Festival Books (megelloth)

1. Ruth (read at Pentecost)

2. Song of Songs (read at Passover)

3. Ecclesiastes (read at Feast of Booths)

4. Lamentations (read on the day to commemorate the fall of Jerusalem) 

5. Esther (read at Purim)

B. Wisdom Books

1. Job

2. Psalms

3. Proverbs

 C. Historical Books

1. Ezra

2. Nehemiah

3. Chronicles

4. Daniel 

 

IV. The Writings section was still being debated by Jewish leaders (i.e., Jamnia) in the first century as to which books should be included.

 

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