The Biblical Bedrock
The Torah, also known as the Pentateuch, is the bedrock of the scriptures. It comprises the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy and in Hebrew are called B’reisheet, Sh’mot, VaYikra, B’Midbar, and D’varim. The entirety of the bible rests on this foundation that God laid in the stories, commands, and revelation found in the Torah. In its pages, we find instructions for how to live holy lives in loving relationship with God and other people as well as illustrations for how a holy God takes initiative to draw near and stay close to the people He created. For an overview of the unified story in the Torah and the Prophets, see the excellent video on Law from The Bible Project. The Torah is the foundation of the Hebrew Bible, also known as Tanach.