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