What are the Hebrew Scriptures? The purpose of this volume is to provide a concise guide to the Hebrew Bible. Beginning with a chronological table, the work continues with a brief account of the place of the Hebrew Scriptures in Jewish life and thought from the early rabbinic period to the present day. This is followed by an outline of each ot the 36 books of the Jewish canon and a brief presentation of their contents illustrated by quotations from Scripture. In each case the discussion proceeds according to the structure of the book itself. The volume concludes with a list of further reading for those who seek to gain a greater understanding of the Hebrew Scriptures. Designed for all who wish to gain a greater understanding of this rich spiritual heritage.