Torah in Judaism. A presentation for REL 306. Dr. Laurence Boxer – Jan., 2004. Meanings of Torah. Law, teaching, instruction, tradition Five Books of Moses Tanakh – the Jewish Bible Oral Torah, Written Torah. T a N a KH – T orah, N evi’im, K ’tuvim - the Written Torah.
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A presentation for REL 306
Dr. Laurence Boxer – Jan., 2004
Torah – 5 Books of Moses
Note tension implicit in wording – repetition of “justice” implies both
22: And if men strive together….
23: But if any harm follow, then thou shalt give life for life,
24: eye for eye, tooth for tooth, foot for foot ….
26-27: And if a man smite the eye of his bondman, or the eye of his bondwoman, and destroy it, he shall let him go free….
Shammai taught: Fix a period for your study of Torah…. Avot 1:15
Torah is studied using a variety of methods. For an introduction to several of them, with examples, see my presentation at
Avot 5: 24: Ben Bag-Bag taught: Turn it [Torah] over, turn it over, for in it is contained everything ….
Torah is studied with the aid of the commentary of great scholars. Some of these commentaries: