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 (pĕn′tə-to͞ok′, -tyo͞ok′)
The first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures; the Torah.

[Middle English Pentateuke, from Late Latin Pentateuchus, from Greek Pentateukhos : penta-, penta- + teukhos, implement, vessel, scroll case; see dheugh- in Indo-European roots.]

Pen′ta·teuch′al adj.


(Bible) the first five books of the Old Testament regarded as a unity
[C16: from Church Latin pentateuchus, from Greek penta- + teukhos tool (in Late Greek: scroll)]
ˌPentaˈteuchal adj


(ˈpɛn təˌtuk, -ˌtyuk)

the first five books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Compare Hagiographa, Prophets.
[< Late Latin Pentateuchus < Late Greek pentáteuchos= Greek penta- penta- + teûchos tool, vessel (Late Greek: scroll case book)]
Pen′ta•teuch`al, adj.


The first five books of the Hebrew Bible, called the Five Books of Moses.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Pentateuch - the first of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures comprising the first five books of the Hebrew Bible considered as a unitPentateuch - the first of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures comprising the first five books of the Hebrew Bible considered as a unit
Book of Genesis, Genesis - the first book of the Old Testament: tells of Creation; Adam and Eve; the Fall of Man; Cain and Abel; Noah and the flood; God's covenant with Abraham; Abraham and Isaac; Jacob and Esau; Joseph and his brothers
Book of Exodus, Exodus - the second book of the Old Testament: tells of the departure of the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt led by Moses; God gave them the Ten Commandments and the rest of Mosaic law on Mount Sinai during the Exodus
Book of Leviticus, Leviticus - the third book of the Old Testament; contains Levitical law and ritual precedents
Book of Numbers, Numbers - the fourth book of the Old Testament; contains a record of the number of Israelites who followed Moses out of Egypt
Book of Deuteronomy, Deuteronomy - the fifth book of the Old Testament; contains a second statement of Mosaic law
Old Testament - the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible
Hebrew Scripture, Tanach, Tanakh - the Jewish scriptures which consist of three divisions--the Torah and the Prophets and the Writings


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That they are fickle-minded and treacherous is as true as the Pentateuch," said Buzi-Ben-Levi, "but that is only toward the people of Adonai.
You don't know what it is to want spiritual tobacco--bad emendations of old texts, or small items about a variety of Aphis Brassicae, with the well-known signature of Philomicron, for the `Twaddler's Magazine;' or a learned treatise on the entomology of the Pentateuch, including all the insects not mentioned, but probably met with by the Israelites in their passage through the desert; with a monograph on the Ant, as treated by Solomon, showing the harmony of the Book of Proverbs with the results of modern research.
All knowledge is not couched in Moses' law, The Pentateuch, or what the Prophets wrote; The Gentiles also know, and write, and teach To admiration, led by Nature's light; And with the Gentiles much thou must converse, Ruling them by persuasion, as thou mean'st.
The essays contained in this volume are loosely bound by an interest in identifying literary works in the Pentateuch (Genesis-Deuteronomy) and the Former Prophets (Joshua-Kings).
The twenty-five major categories of documents are arranged according to the Pentateuch, Former Prophets, Latter Prophets, and Writings.
Paul Isaac Hershon, The Pentateuch According to the Talmud: Genesis (London: Samuel Bagster and Sons, 1883), 7.
The common origins and beliefs of these religionists are to be found in the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament.
All the main contributors take with utmost seriousness comparative material, especially Mesopotamian; all hold the Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch and, with the exception of Longman, the historical existence of Adam and Eve; none makes use of traditional Pentateuchal sources to resolve problems, and only one (Longman) uses genre in a sense recognizable by most modern scholars.
It's an intriguing piece, because it's very few people that I've met that have actually read the Torah, the Pentateuch, the five books of Moses, all the way through," says the "Batman" actor in an interview with (http://www.
They are bound to the liturgical cycle of weekly Pentateuch reading on the Sabbath, and have been critically edited on the basis of the 15th-century manuscript Evr.
Since the Bible, particularly the Pentateuch, is focused not so much on recounting historical facts as on imparting religious dogmas and instruction, we might wonder why it is considered important to name everyone in the line of descent from Noah to Abraham, instead of simply stating, as the Mishnah does (Avot 5:3), that they constituted ten generations.
While in flight, and when settling in new places, they scoured the Pentateuch for wisdom.