Torah

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The First (Old) Testament is divided into three parts:

 

1. The Law (Torah), consisting of the Pentateuch, or five books of Moses.

 

2. The Prophets, consisting of

 

(1) the former, namely, Joshua, Judges, the Books of Samuel, and the Books of Kings;

 

(2) the latter, namely, the greater prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, and the twelve minor prophets.

 

3. The Hagiographa, or holy writings, including the rest of the books. These were ranked in three divisions:

 

(1) The Psalms, Proverbs, and Job, distinguished by the Hebrew name, a word formed of the initial letters of these books, emeth, meaning truth.

 

(2) Canticles, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther called the five rolls, as being written for the synagogue use on five separate rolls.

 

(3) Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and 1 and 2 Chronicles.

 

Between the (First) and the Second (New) Testament, no addition was made to the revelation God had already given. The period of Second Testament revelation, extending over a century, began with the appearance of John the Baptist.

 

Easton’s Bible Dictionary: Bible

 


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Jesus Followers

 

There are many synonyms to use for the word believer, which is the most common word for a person who has "converted" to follow Jesus. I have chosen "Jesus follower(s) or follower(s) of Jesus instead of the word believer in these presentations to allow the reader an opportunity to move away from the idea of believer which conjures up the possible thought of "ascent" to a set of doctrines that have been assembled by different groups over the centuries and show up in this day and age as a set of statements posted on web sites and other written material. These sets of beliefs are suggested by many as the ones that one should ascent to so that upon death the one who assents can go to heaven, i.e., just believe and you are good to go. Jesus followers/followers of Jesus suggest an action that one should take. Remember, Jesus told his disciples to follow him. Yes, belief is important, but one must move beyond belief to action.

 

(See "Discipleship" Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. 182-188.)