Dictionary.com noun (used with a singular verb) the science of interpretation, especially of the Scriptures. the branch of theology that deals with the principles of Biblical exegesis. Etymonline.com "art of interpretation, the study of exegesis," 1737, from hermeneutic; also see -ics. "interpretive," 1670s, from Latinized form of Greek hermeneutikos "of or for interpreting," from hermeneutes "interpreter," from hermeneuein "to interpret (foreign languages); interpret into words, give utterance to," a word of unknown origin (formerly considered ultimately a derivative of Hermes, as the tutelary … Continue reading Hermeneutics

Torah & Pentateuch

Dictionary.com Torah noun, ( sometimes lowercase) 1. the Pentateuch, being the first of the three Jewish divisions of the OldTestament.Compare Tanach. 2. a parchment scroll on which the Pentateuch is written, used in synagogue services. 3. the entire body of Jewish religious literature, law, and teaching as contained chiefly in the Old Testament and the Talmud. 4. law or instruction. Etymonline.com Torah "the Pentateuch," 1570s, from Hebrew torah, literally "instruction, law," verbal noun from horah "he taught, showed." Pentateuch first five books of the Bible, c. 1400, from Late Latin pentateuchus (Tertullian, c.207), from Greek pentateukhos (c. 160), originally an adjective (abstracted from phrase pentateukhos biblos), from pente "five" (from PIE root *penkwe- "five") + teukhos "implement, vessel, gear" … Continue reading Torah & Pentateuch