noun \ˈtr-ə, ˈti-rə\

Definition of TORAH

:  the body of wisdom and law contained in Jewish Scripture and other sacred literature and oral tradition
:  the five books of Moses constituting the Pentateuch
:  a leather or parchment scroll of the Pentateuch used in a synagogue for liturgical purposes

Origin of TORAH

Hebrew tōrāh
First Known Use: 1577

Rhymes with TORAH


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Judaism, the divine revelations to Israel; specifically, the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. By tradition their authorship has been ascribed to Moses, but biblical scholarship has shown that they were written and compiled at a much later date, probably in the 9th–5th century BC, though drawing on much older traditions. The Scroll of the Torah (Sefer Torah) is kept in the Synagogue Ark. The term Torah (but not Pentateuch) is often applied to the whole Hebrew Scripture (i.e., the later books of the Old Testament), or, even more generally, to that and other Jewish sacred literature and oral tradition.

Variants of TORAH

Torah or Pentateuch


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