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Torah
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Torah
Torah (תּוֹרָה‎, torah). The first five books of the Hebrew Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Also known as the Pentateuch or Law.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Torah
Torah. Word translated “law” in the OT, derived from the Hebrew verbal root, yarah, which means “to throw” or “to shoot.” The idea behind the word is to inform, instruct, direct, or guide. In Jewish tradition it is most frequently used to designate the text of the first five books of the Bible, also
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Torah
Torah A Hebrew term, normally rendered “law,” and universally recognized as central to OT and postbiblical Jewish piety. Both the meaning of the term and the role Torah has played in the religious thinking of Jews remain, however, subjects of debate. I. The Term II. SignificanceA. “Law” in OT Piety
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Torah
TORAH* Word translated “law” in the OT, derived from the Hebrew verbal root yarah, which means “to throw” or “to shoot.” The idea behind the word is to inform, instruct, direct, or guide. In Jewish tradition it is most frequently used to designate the text of the first five books of the Bible, also called
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Torah
Torah (toh´ruh; Heb., “instruction” or “teaching”), God’s instructions to Israel. The Hebrew word torah is often translated “law” in English Bibles, following the Greek translation of the word as nomos in the lxx. The word nomos does have a much stronger legal connotation than torah, but even nomos in
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Torah
TORAH. The Heb word for “law” perhaps comes from the causative form of the verb yārâ, “to throw,” “to shoot (arrows)”; at any rate, the Hiph˓ı̂l verb form hôrâ means “to point, guide, instruct, teach.” Hence, authoritative guidance is law. The noun tora appears 215 times in the OT. Torah is used
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Torah
Torah (Heb. tôrâ)A name (Heb. “instruction, guidance, law”) ascribed to the first division of the Hebrew canon, the five books of Moses or the Pentateuch. In a more general sense, torah indicates the divine law or instruction according to which Israel was to live as stipulated in the covenant.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Torah
Torah (Heb. tôrâ “instruction, guidance, law”).* A name ascribed to the first division of the Hebrew canon, the five books of Moses or the Pentateuch. In a more general sense, torah indicates the divine law or instruction according to which Israel was to live as stipulated in the covenant. See
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
Torah
TORAH תורהI. The word Torah is usually connected with the root yrh, which means “to point, direct, teach” in the Hiphil conjugation. If so, the noun properly means “instruction, teaching, direction”. Since Torah is used most frequently of specific cultic instructions, as well as the demands of the covenant,
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Torah
TORAH The Pentateuch. The name transliterates the Hebrew tôrâ, meaning “instruction.”
Dictionary of New Testament Background
Torah
TORAHThe Pentateuch, or Torah, as it is more popularly known, has been inextricably bound to Jewish life since the destruction of the first temple and the exile of the Jewish people at the beginning of the sixth century b.c. This is not to minimize the significance of the Torah during the period of
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Torah
Torah. The English equivalent of the Heb. תּוֹרָה, usually translated ‘Law’. The word probably comes from a root meaning ‘throw’, ‘shoot’, ‘direct’, ‘instruct’. Although it could be used of the teaching of the Prophets (e.g. Is. 8:16), of the precepts of parents (e.g. Prov. 1:8 and 4:2), and of the utterances