The Books of the Torah
The first five books of the Old Testament are called the Books of the law or the Pentateuch, a Greek term meaning “five volumes.” The Hebrew work for this collection is Torah, meaning, instruction, teaching, or doctrine.
The Books of the Torah (Law) consisted of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy; they are the first five books of the Old Testament and contained 400,495 letters. The Masoretes counted everything in the text; they also, knew the Torah’s middle word was the Hebrew word translated “searched” in Leviticus 10:16. The Masoretes knew the Torah’s middle letter was in the Hebrew work translated “belly” in Leviticus 11:42. This information was important to the Masoretes so that there was careful preservation of God’s Word. Thanks to their diligence work we benefit greatly.
The term “Pentateuch” refers to the first five books of the Bible also known as the Books of the Torah (Law). These first five books of the Bible contain instructions for Life. Together these five books establish the historical and theological foundations for the rest of the Bible and they teach us how to live faithfully. The Books of Torah (Law) is not just about true information, but designed to strengthen our faith.
Genesis talked about the beginning of almost everything, including the beginning of the universe, life, humanity, Sabbath, death, marriage, sin, redemption, family, sacrifice. It was the creation and establishment of the covenant relationship. There were four great events that occurred in Genesis and had a lot to do with the foundation of the whole Bible. The first event that occurred was the creation of matter, energy, space and time by God. Then the fall, the creation allowed c...
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Joel challenged the people to return to God with all their hearts, not just with external signs of repentance. Amos began by speaking against eight nations God had singled out for judgment. Obadiah’s focused on three issues: Edom’s arrogance, Edom’s coming humiliation and Edom’s violence against Judah. Jonah ran from God because he didn’t want to do God’s will. Micah’s message centered on the themes of: social injustice, true worship, and false security. Nahum warned Nineveh its plans would fail. Habakkuk struggled, with God’s purpose. Zephaniah the Day of Judgment would also bring God’s healing and restoration.
Haggai challenged his hearers with a question. Zechariah called the Judeans to rededicate them-selves to the Lord. Malachi attacks God’s people for proper worship and disregard for the law.