#44 People of the Book: The Writings and The Prophets

#44 People of the Book: The Writings and The Prophets 

There are three major book collections in the Jewish bible: Torah, Prophets and The Writings. Together, these three major collections are called “The TaNaKh.” Before studying this lesson, we invite you to do the Torah lesson. In this session, you will learn about The Prophets and The Writings and study from one of the books in these collections.

#1 KNOW THIS:  Useful Vocabulary

TaNaKh: Torah, Nevi’im, Ketuvim (Torah, Prophets, Writings)
Torah: The Five Books of Moses, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Dueteronomy
Writings: Tales of Israelite history
Prophets: Stories of wisdom 

#2. STUDY THIS: The Prophets (Nevi’im)

A: The Major Prophets: Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekial
B: The Twelve Minor Prophets: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakuk, Zaphaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.

#3. WATCH: Samson: A story of Bravery (from The Book of Judges)


The Complete Writings are broken into three groups:

A. The Poetic Books: Psalms, Provers, Job
B. The Five Megilot (scrolls): Song of Songs, Books of Ruth, Ecclesiastes, Book of Esther, Lamentations
C. Other Books: Book of Daniel, Book of Ezra, The Chronicles

#5: WATCH : Ruth: A Tale of Friendship 

#6 STUDY THIS: Who was Ruth? Who was Samson?

Ruth was the first “convert” to Judaism because even though she was not born Jewish, she loved the Jewish people. When her friend Naomi was about to leave on a journey, Ruth remained with her and said, “where ever you go, I will go. Wherever you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God will be my God.”

Samson was one of the Judges in the Bible and had great strength and was one of the bravest and strongest of all the Jewish leaders. Some of the stories about him are superhuman – like he was a superhero. He was known as


1. What are the three books in the TaNaKh?
2. Name the five books of the Torah.
3. Name six of the many Prophets.
4. Name six books in the Writings. Do you know the divisions of the Writings?
5. What topic did Isaiah dedicate his life to teaching?

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