Jewish Sacred Texts: The Tanach, Mishnah, Talmud and Midrash


Sacred Texts in World Religions

Some sacred texts form the cornerstone of a religion, instilling law, character and spirituality in its people; some are narratives of historical figures in the faith. A text might be viewed as the unchanging “Word of God;” other texts are revised and expanded by later generations. Texts can be literal, or metaphorical, or both. This guide shows you how to find online versions, commentary and historical context of scriptures for Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.

Buddhist Sacred Texts: The Sutras

The Buddhist canon consists of the Sutras: the words and teachings of the Buddha. There are also a ... read more »

Christian Sacred Texts: The Bible

Christianity combines the Jewish Old Testament with the New Testament to form the Christian Bible, ... read more »

Hindu Sacred Texts: The Vedas

The Vedas, or “Books of Knowledge,” are the foremost sacred texts in Hinduism. These ... read more »

Islamic Sacred Texts: The Quran and Hadith

As the third of the Abrahamic religions, Muslims respect the Old and New Testaments, and consider ... read more »

Jewish Sacred Texts: The Tanach, Mishnah, Talmud and Midrash

Judaism is the oldest of the Abrahamic religions, and its primary sacred text is the Tanach, or the Jewish Bible, which is composed of the Pentateuch (Torah), the Prophets (Nevi'im) and the Writings (Ketuvim). Tanach is an acronym for these three books. Learn all about the Tenach and Jewish commentaries in the links below.

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