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Torah
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1. Terminology

The term Torah (Hebrew “instruction”, “way”) underwent several changes in the course of Jewish intellectual history. In the narrower sense, it denotes the first section of the Hebrew Bible, the Pentateuch or Five Books of Moses. In the course of the evolution of rabbinic theology, it was extended to refer to the entire revelation to Moses at Sinai, comprising both the written Torah (th…

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Talabardon, Susanne, “Torah”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028983>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20220831



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