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Heptateuch
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A name for the first seven books of the Hebrew Bible—Genesis through Judges. The label is derived from the Greek phrase for “seven scrolls” or “seven volumes” (ἑπτά τεῦχος, hepta teuchos). The first five books are more commonly known as the Pentateuch. The Pentateuch plus the book of Joshua is sometimes called the Hexateuch.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Heptateuch
Heptateuch A name for the first seven books of the Hebrew Bible—Genesis through Judges. The label is derived from the Greek phrase for “seven scrolls” or “seven volumes” (ἑπτά τεῦχος, hepta teuchos). The first five books are more commonly known as the Pentateuch. The Pentateuch plus the book of Joshua
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Heptateuch
Heptateuch (Gk. ἑπτά, ‘seven’ + τεῦχος, ‘book’). A name sometimes used of the first seven books of the OT, i.e. the five Books of Moses together with Joshua and Judges, on account of their supposed unity. The word is formed on the analogy of ‘*Pentateuch’.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Heptateuch
HeptateuchHeptateuch, the first seven books (Genesis through Judges) in the ot, which carry the story of Israel through the time of the conquest of Canaan. See also Hexateuch; Pentateuch.