The Sacred Writings of Judaism

The Sacred Writings of Judaism
The Sacred Writings of Judaism
The Sacred Writings of Judaism
The Sacred Writings of Judaism
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The Sacred Writings of Judaism

Judaism is the religion of the Jewish people. In Judaism, one of the most important ways for a person to please God is to study the scriptures, or sacred writings, and to live according to what they teach. Many Jews keep a scroll of an important scripture passage in a mezuzah (a holder attached to a doorpost) like the one shown here.

The Sacred Writings of Judaism
Sacred Writings Context
Hebrew Bible
(Torah) Torah
• first five books of the Bible
• recounts origins of humanity and Judaism
• contains basic laws of Judaism Prophets
• stories about and writings by Jewish teachers
• divided into Former Prophets and Latter Prophets
• recounts Jewish history and calls for repentance and obedience Writings
• a collection of various other writings
• includes poetry, history and stories, and philosophical writings called wisdom literature
Talmud Mishnah
• written versions of Jewish oral law
• explanations and interpretations of the Mishnah

Interpreting Charts
1. Contrasting What is contained in the Hebrew Bible that is not in the Talmud? What is in the Talmud that is not in the Hebrew Bible?

2. Hypothesizing What kind of poetry would you expect to find in the Hebrew Bible? Explain what you think the subjects or themes of the poems migh
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