The Torah is Judaism’s most important text. It contains the first five books of the Hebrew Bible—the Tanakh—which are also the first five books of the Christian Bible. The Tanakh is essentially the same as what Christians call the Old Testament, with slight differences in the order and structure of the included books.
The Torah begins with the creation of the world and ends with the death of Moses. The first full draft of the Torah is believed to have been completed in the 6th or 7th century B.C., and has been revised numerous times over subsequent centuries. Jewish tradition teaches that the Torah is the revelation of God, given to Moses, and written down by Moses. It is the document that contains all the rules by which the Jewish people structure their spiritual lives.
This book, The Torah: The Five Books of Moses, is excerpted from a larger work in progress, The Holy Bible: King James Readers’ Version. As you will see, it is formatted like an epic poem, which it is, and feels like you are reading the King James Bible, which you are, but more smoothly, and with more immediate understanding.
It also contains details and names missing from the King James Version that turn up in other versions of the Bible. Needless to say, I hope this version increases your enjoyment and comprehension of this keystone document, whose influence on Western civilization and culture is without equal. No education is complete without reading it. Twice.