Definition of Torah

1. Noun. The whole body of the Jewish sacred writings and tradition including the oral tradition.

2. Noun. The first of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures comprising the first five books of the Hebrew Bible considered as a unit.

3. Noun. (Judaism) the scroll of parchment on which the first five books of the Hebrew Scripture is written; is used in a synagogue during services.
Category relationships: Judaism
Generic synonyms: Roll, Scroll

Definition of Torah

1. n. A law; a precept.

Definition of Torah

1. Proper noun. The first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures, attributed to Moses and therefore also known as the Five Books of Moses. ¹

2. Proper noun. The full body of written Jewish law, including the Tanakh, the Talmud, the Mishnah and the midrashic texts. ¹

3. Proper noun. The whole of Jewish law, both written and unwritten. ¹

4. Proper noun. The encompassing philosophy of Judaism. ¹

5. Noun. A specially written scroll containing the five books of Moses, such as those used in religious services. ¹

6. Noun. A book containing the five books of Moses. ¹

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Definition of Torah

1. the body of Jewish law [n -RAHS, -ROTH, or -ROT]

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Literary usage of Torah

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1. Jewish Theology: Systematically and Historically Considered by Kaufmann Kohler (1918)
"These other parts of 1 On the term torah see Smend: Lehrb. d. ... For torah as Law, see Neh. VIII, 1; Joshua I, 7, and throughout the Pentateuch; ..."

2. The Methodist Review (1882)
"In Sifre " the words of the torah are compared with water. As water is life for the world, so also are the words of the torah life for the world. ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"In the sense of law "torah" refers only to the Divine laws. "torah" is applied to the books containing the teaching of the Mosaic revelation and the Law, ..."

4. The Jewish Religion by Michael Friedländer (1891)
"Although the whole torah is the work of Moses, the great prophet speaks of himself everywhere in the third person, except in the Book of Deuteronomy, ..."

5. Old Testament Law for Bible Students: Classified and Arranged as in Modern by Roger Sherman Galer (1922)
"It was the torah which according to tradition was given to Moses amid the ... It was the torah to which Christ had reference when he spoke of the law as ..."

6. The Doctrine of Sacred Scripture: A Critical, Historical, and Dogmatic by George Trumbull Ladd (1883)
"The office of the written torah, as the source of political wisdom and of pragmatic ... Referring to the written torah, the same writer declares (xvii. 9 f. ..."

7. The Hebrew Scriptures in the Making by Max Leopold Margolis (1922)
"Jeremiah's antagonists meet his predictions of evil defiantly with the assurance that there will be torah forthcoming from the priest, and the 'word' from ..."

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