From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The Hebrew Bible (Hebrew: תנ"ך acronyms for תורה נביאים כתובים) is a term referring to the books of the Jewish Bible as originally written mostly in Biblical Hebrew with some Biblical Aramaic. The term closely corresponds to contents of the Jewish Tanakh and the Protestant Old Testament (see also Judeo-Christian) and does not include the deuterocanonical portions of the Roman Catholic or the Anagignoskomena portions of the Eastern Orthodox Old Testaments. The term does not imply naming, numbering or ordering of books, which varies (see also Biblical canon).
The term Hebrew Bible is an attempt to provide specificity with respect to contents, while avoiding allusion to any particular interpretative tradition or theological school of thought. It is widely used in academic writing and interfaith discussion in relatively neutral contexts meant to include dialogue amongst all religious traditions, but not widely in the inner discourse of the religions which use its text.
- Biblical canon
- Books of the Bible
- Christianity and Judaism
- Development of the Hebrew Bible canon
- Non-canonical books referenced in the Bible
- List of major biblical figures