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Tetrateuch
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A term for the group of the first four books of the Bible, Genesis—Numbers, derived from Greek words for “four” and “book.” Sometimes the term is used to reflect the view that Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers should be distinguished from Deuteronomy, which is then viewed as the introduction to Joshua—Kings (for further information, see this article: Deuteronomistic History). When the books are grouped as the first five, they are called the Pentateuch (Torah); as six, the Hexateuch.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Tetrateuch
Tetrateuch A term for the group of the first four books of the Bible, Genesis—Numbers, derived from Greek words for “four” and “book.” Sometimes the term is used to reflect the view that Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers should be distinguished from Deuteronomy, which is then viewed as the introduction
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Tetrateuch
Tetrateuch (Gk. τετρα- ‘four’ + τεῦχος ‘book’). The name often given to the first four books of the *Pentateuch (Gen.-Num.), all of which appear to have been compiled from the same three sources and on the same editorial principle, i.e. ‘*P’ has been taken as the framework and material from ‘*J’ and
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 5, Q–Z
Tetrateuch
Tetrateuch tet’ruh-tyook. This term, derived from the Greek words for “four” and “book,” is applied to the first four books of the Bible viewed as a group (cf. Pentateuch, “five books”; Hexateuch, “six books”). While many scholars use this name as a convenient designation, for others it reflects the
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
TETRATEUCH
TETRATEUCH tet´truh-tyook. The term Tetrateuch comes from the Greek tetras (τετράς, “four”) and teuchos (τεῦχος, “tool, implement”), yielding “four (book) implement.” It designates the first four books of the OLD TESTAMENTCANON OF THE OLD TESTAMENT—Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers. In antiquity
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