[b-hebrew] The acronym Tanakh

Tory Thorpe torythrp at yahoo.com
Sun Apr 15 04:16:35 EDT 2007

Yigal Levin <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il> wrote: Hello all,

Does anyone know who coined the Hebrew acronym T.N.K. (Torah, Nevi'im, Ketuvim) as a name for the Hebrew Bible, or at least when this acronym was first used?


Yigal Levin
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It appears for the first time in the literature of the Masoretic movement
being derived from the Aramaic 'oraita, nevi'ei ukhtivei of B. Kid. 49a.
The original acronym was in the form 'n''k (Masoretic notes are usually 
in Aramaic). Tanakh is the Hebrew reflection of the Masoretic term.

Tory Thorpe

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