The Collaborative International Dictionary
Tanak \Tanak\, Tanakh \Tanakh\, n. [From the initial (Hebrew) letters of Torah, Nevi'im, and Kethubim.] a term used among Jews for the Hebrew Bible; the Old Testament. [Also spelled Tanach.]
Note: Although Christians use the term ``Old Testament'', this term implies the superseding force of the ``New Testament'', not recognized as revelation by the Jewish faith.
The Hebrew Bible is divided into three parts: (1)
The Torah, ``Law,'' or Pentateuch. (2) The
Prophets . . . (3) The Kethubim, or the
``Writings,'' generally termed Hagiographa.
--C. H. H. Wright.