from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures.
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- proper n. The Torah: the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The first five books of the Old Testament, collectively; -- called also the Law of Moses, Book of the Law of Moses, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The first five books of the Old Testament, regarded as a connected group.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the first of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures comprising the first five books of the Hebrew Bible considered as a unit
Moses, to whom the Pentateuch is attributed, notices his own death and burial — “the mair the miracle,” said the old Scotch lady.
But, substantially, the Pentateuch is the genuine work of Moses, and many, who once impugned its claims to that character, and looked upon it as the production of a later age, have found themselves compelled, after a full and unprejudiced investigation of the subject, to proclaim their conviction that its authenticity is to be fully relied on.
In Greek, they are referred to as the Pentateuch (five books) and in Hebrew as the Torah (instruction).
The Christian arrangement still has three categories; the Pentateuch is sometimes regarded as part of the historic books.
The Pentateuch is normally considered to contain the first five books -- Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
Obviously, posting the entire Pentateuch is impractical, so instead images of Moses (such as that in the US Capitol and Supreme Court) and the Ten Commandments serve as representatives of a whole body of legal tradition.
Psalms, and as he calls the Pentateuch the Books of Moses, without pretending to settle the question of the authorship of that work?
Finally, the Pentateuch is indispensable to the whole revelation contained in the Bible; for Genesis being the legitimate preface to the law; the law being the natural introduction to the Old
(Hebrew, Eechah), from the first word, as the Pentateuch is similarly called by the first Hebrew word of Ge 1: 1.
The Mosaic origin of the Pentateuch is established by the concurring voices both of Jewish and Christian tradition; and their unanimous testimony is supported by the internal character and statements of the work itself.
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