Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The first six books of the Bible (the Pentateuch plus Joshua). This term is used by those who consider these six books to have been revised from the same body of sources (J, E, and P) according to the Documentary Hypothesis.
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Hexateuch. Name meaning “the sixfold book,” given to a grouping of the first six books of the Bible. Biblical critics added Joshua to the Pentateuch, the fivefold book (Genesis through Deuteronomy), because the contents and style of Joshua connected it intimately with the literary elements of the Pentateuch;
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
HexateuchThis word, formed on the analogy of “Pentateuch,” “Heptateuch,” etc., is used by modern writers to denote the first six books of the Bible (i.e., the Law and Joshua) collectively. The notion that the Hexateuch was a fundamental element of a consciously constructed history of Israel consisting
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
HEXATEUCH* Name meaning “the sixfold book,” given to a grouping of the first six books of the Bible. Biblical critics added Joshua to the Pentateuch, the fivefold book (Genesis through Deuteronomy), because the contents and style of Joshua connected it intimately with the literary elements of the Pentateuch,
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Hexateuch (hek´suh-took), a term sometimes used in biblical studies for the first six books of the Bible (Genesis–Joshua). The term connotes a theological unity that some scholars see in these writings in contrast to the canonical unity called the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible). Scholars
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
HexateuchThe first six (Gk. héx) books of the OT (Genesis-Joshua), regarded by many as a major component of the primary history of Israel. The books are related form-critically and theologically by a number of “historical credos” recalling God’s mighty acts on Israel’s behalf from the patriarchs through
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Hexateuch [hĕxˊə tŏok]. † The first six (Gk. héx) books of the Old Testament (Genesis-Joshua), viewed by some critical scholars as a major component of the primary history of Israel (Genesis-2 Kings). This proposal, which has largely been abandoned, is based on identification in these books of
Catholic Bible Dictionary
HEXATEUCH (Greek, “six books”) A term used by modern scholars for the first six books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, and Joshua. These scholars believe that the style and content of Joshua are closely related to those of the Pentateuch.
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Hexateuch (Gk. ἕξ, ‘six’ + τεῦχος, ‘book’). A name given by J. *Wellhausen (1876), and after him by many other modern biblical scholars, to the first six books of the Hebrew Bible (Genesis to Joshua), in the belief that all are compiled from a single set of literary sources. The word is formed on
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
HexateuchHexateuch (heksʹuh-to̅o̅k), the first six books of the ot. The term connotes a theological unity, exposed by a specialized method of biblical study (form criticism), in contrast to the canonical unity defined by the term Pentateuch (the first five books of the ot). The structure of the Hexateuch
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
HEXATEUCH — a term for the first six books of the Old Testament (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, and Joshua), viewed as a unit. The first five books of the Old Testament, known as the Pentateuch, have traditionally been regarded as the first division of the Hebrew Old Testament. However,