Although the Torah contains many stories, such as those of Cain and Abel, the Exodus from Egypt, as well as the story of Abraham’s life, it also contains various laws, statutes and commandments.
Many have gone to great lengths to count how many various commandments there are in the Torah and the general consensus is that there are 613 commandments and prohibitions. The Torah can therefore be understood as a mix of stories and laws that lay the foundation for Israel as God’s covenantal people.
But what does the word Torah actually mean in Hebrew?
Simply put, the word תּורָה – Torah, means teaching, instruction and even direction. The root of the word comes from the verb יָרָה – yarah/לִירות – Lirot, which illustrates the idea of hitting a target while throwing/shooting something.
Like an arrow aimed at its mark, the תּורָה Torah is dedicated to teaching people about God – His magnificent being, His holy character and His faithful and providential acts in His world. To explore more click HERE.