Pronunciation: (tō'ru, tôr'u; Seph. Heb. tō-rä'; Ashk. Heb. tō'ru, toi'ru), [key]
—n. (sometimes l.c.)
1. the Pentateuch, being the first of the three Jewish divisions of the Old Testament. Cf. Tanach.
2. a parchment scroll on which the Pentateuch is written, used in synagogue services.
3. the entire body of Jewish religious literature, law, and teaching as contained chiefly in the Old Testament and the Talmud.
4. law or instruction. Also,To'ra.
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