Originally Posted by BelovedBird
Jessica- A serious question- how can you have a view of the torah? Have you ever learned torah? Or did you mean the "old testament"? If that's what you mean, if that's what your knowledge and experience comes from, then please say "old testament" and leave the torah out of it.
But since you asked, I'll have to go get out my notes from religious studies and the copy of the book I bought for that class. Oh, better yet, a quick search since I don't know where those notes are right now (My dh's copy of the book is in our living room, I'm not sure where my copy is). Okay, yes, here we go: I'm referring to the book called the Tanakh- what I thought was commonly known as the written Torah or Jewish bible .
So I've read portions of both the Tanakh and the Old Testament, but neither from cover to cover. And I've only viewed the beautiful Torah's from a distance at Temple.
So, am I allowed to join this conversation or not???? And btw, what exactly did I say that was so offensive- because I can only assume (that's risky, I know) that somethign I've written was offensive to cause your response.
And for those of us out there who are interested in what the difference is, I'll copy my quick little internet search to try to be helpful:
Judaism 101: Torah
"The word "Torah" is a tricky one, because it can mean different things in different contexts. In its most limited sense, "Torah" refers to the Five Books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. But the word "torah" can also be used to refer to the entire Jewish bible (the body of scripture known to non-Jews as the Old Testament and to Jews as the Tanakh or Written Torah), or in its broadest sense, to the whole body of Jewish law and teachings."
skipping a bit:
"Written Torah is often referred to as the Tanakh, which is an acrostic of Torah, Nevi'im and Ketuvim. "
NEVI'IM (The Prophets):
KETHUVIM (The Writings)
and a definition of bible from a dictionary:
Dictionary definition of Bible
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2004, 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
The book sacred to Christians, which they consider to be the inspired word of God. The Bible includes the Old Testament, which contains the sacred books of the Jews, and the New Testament, which begins with the birth of Jesus.
Thirty-nine books of the Old Testament are accepted as part of the Bible by Christians and Jews alike. Some Christians consider several books of the Old Testament, such as Judith, I and II Maccabees, and Ecclesiasticus, to be part of the Bible also, whereas other Christians, and Jews, call these the Old Testament Apocrypha. Christians are united in their acceptance of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament; Jews do not consider the writings of the New Testament inspired. The Bible is also called “the Book” (bible means “book”).
By extension, any book considered an infallible or very reliable guide to some activity may be called a “bible.”