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Page from an 11th-century Aramaic Targum manuscript of the Hebrew Bible.

Hebrew Bible or Hebrew Scriptures (Latin: Biblia Hebraica{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}) is the term used by biblical scholars to refer to the Tanakh (Hebrew: תנ"ך‎{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}), the canonical collection of Jewish texts, which is the common textual source of the several canonical editions of the Christian Old Testament. These texts are composed mainly in Biblical Hebrew, with some passages in Biblical Aramaic (in the books of Daniel, Ezra and a few others).

The content, to which the Protestant Old Testament closely corresponds, does not act as source to the deuterocanonical portions of the Roman Catholic, nor to the Anagignoskomena portions of the Eastern Orthodox Old Testaments. The term does not comment upon the naming, numbering or ordering of books, which varies with later Christian biblical canons.

The term Hebrew Bible is an attempt to provide specificity with respect to contents, while avoiding allusion to any particular interpretative tradition or theological school of thought. It is widely used in academic writing and interfaith discussion in relatively neutral contexts meant to include dialogue among all religious traditions, but not widely in the inner discourse of the religions which use its text.<ref>Eliezer Segal, Introducing Judaism (New York, NY: Routledge, 2009). Page: 12</ref>

Hebrew Bible sections
Intro  Usage  Origins of the Hebrew Bible and its components  Scholarly editions  See also  References  Further reading  External links