Alternative Spellings

Tanach, Tanakh, TaNaKh, Tenack


  • the entire Jewish bible including the Torah, Prophets, Writings. ['tanakh' is an acronym of the names of the three sections of the bible: torah, nevi'im and kethuvim.]

Example Sentences

  • "I brought my siddur and my Tanakh."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


תנ"ך, acronym: תורה נביאים וכתובים 'Torah, Prophets, Writings'

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


North America


The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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