Ta·nakh or Ta·nach (tä-nä)
See Hebrew Scriptures.
[Post-Biblical Hebrew Tanak, acronym derived from the initial letters of the Hebrew names for the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings, t(ôrâ), n(əbî'îm), k(ətûbôt) : tôrâ, the Torah; see TORAH + nəbî'îm, the Prophets (from plural of nābî', prophet; see nbʾ in the Appendix of Semitic roots) + kətûbôt, the Writings (from plural of kətûbâ, feminine of kətûb, passive participle of kātab; see ktb in the Appendix of Semitic roots).]
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