In Latin, Tertullian uses the masculine form (Etym., VI, ii, 1, 2; P. The analogous forms Octateuch, Heptateuch, and Hexateuch have been used to refer to the first, eight, seven, and six books of the Bible respectively.
978-89; de Broglie, "Etude sur les genealogies bibliques" in "Le congres scientif. The various laws are given and promulgated as occasion required them; hence they are intimately connected with the history of the people, and the Pentateuchal books in which they are recorded are rightly numbered among the historical books of Scripture. Both the Palestinian and the Alexandrian Jews had distinct names for each of the five books of the Pentateuch. The Rabbinic writers adopted the expression "the five-fifths of the law" or simply "the five-fifths" to denote the five books of the Pentateuch.Bearing in mind these general outlines of the contents and the literary structure of Genesis, we shall easily understand the following analytical table.Neither the Deluge which destroyed the whole human race excepting Noah's family, vi, 11-viii, 19, nor God's covenant with Noah and his sons, viii, 20-ix, 17, brought about the amendment of the human family, and only one of Noah's sons was chosen as the bearer of the Divine blessings, ix, 18-29.