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Pentateuch Line breaks: Penta|teuch
Pronunciation: /ˈpɛntətjuːk/

Definition of Pentateuch in English:

The first five books of the Old Testament (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy). Traditionally ascribed to Moses, it is now held by scholars to be a compilation from texts of the 9th to 5th centuries bc. Jewish name Torah.


Pronunciation: /pɛnˈtjuːk(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • The authority of earlier tradition is exemplified in the fusion of two Pentateuchal commands about the Passover sacrifice.
  • He has indeed demonstrated the centrality of worship for Pentateuchal theology, and the book will be of interest to scholar and theological student alike.
  • This reverses his suggestion that the Elijah-Elisha cycle deliberately shortened the earlier Pentateuchal narratives.


Via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek pentateukhos, from penta- 'five' + teukhos 'implement, book'.

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