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Glossary Items starting with 'T'

  • talisman

    An object thought to have magical powers; a charm that brings luck.

  • Talmud

    A collection of rabbinic writings, mostly interpretations of the Hebrew Bible and the Mishnah (another rabbinic collection). There are two Talmuds, the Palestinian and the Babylonian, so called after the region in which each is believed to have been compiled. The Talmuds were likely composed between the third and the sixth centuries C.E.

  • Tanakh

    An acronym for the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), comprising Torah (Law), Nevi'im (Prophets), and Ketuvim (Writings).

  • Tanna

    a rabbinic leader

  • Targumim

    Aramaic translations of the Hebrew Bible; at first done orally and simultaneously with oral readings of the Bible in Hebrew, the Targums were written down over the course of the first few centuries C.E. There are a number of Targums, some of which are more literal translations of the Hebrew Bible and some of which include significant expansions and digressions not found in the biblical text.

  • Teacher of Righteousness

    A mysterious figure mentioned in the Dead Sea Scrolls who is commonly believed to have been the founder of the community (Yahad) at Qumran.

  • teaching tool

    Any method or excercise used in teaching.

  • tel

    Literally "mound," a small hill-shaped site containing numerous occupational layers of a town or city built on top of one another over millennia.

  • Tel Dan Stela

    A fragmentary stone inscription found in the northern Israelite town of Dan; dating to the late ninth or early eighth century B.C.E., the stela contains the earliest reference to the biblical "house of David," though some scholars contest this reading.

  • Tell el-Amarna

    An archaeological site in ancient Egypt, known for the large cache of letters found there dating from the reign of the pharaoh Akhenaten (14th century B.C.E.), who made Amarna his capital.

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