Hebrew Nuggets, Lesson 25: ta·NAK (Part 1)

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Part one of a three-part series on the abbreviation ta·NAK.

Revised: 5-Oct.-2015

Hebrew NuggetsThe word generally used in Hebrew for what Christians call the “Old Testament” is תַּנַ″ךְ (ta·NAK). This is an acronym based upon the first letter of Hebrew words for the three sections of the Jewish Bible: תּוֹרָה (to·RAH, “Torah,” “Pentateuch”), נְבִיאִים (ne·vi·’IM, “Prophets”) and כְּתוּבִים (ke·tu·VIM, “Writings,” “Hagiographa”).

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This article originally appeared in issue 28 of the Jerusalem Perspective magazine. Click on the image above to view a PDF of the original magazine article.

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