02.02.29 Torah. The name means doctrine, instruction, or teaching, and is generally referred to as the Law,” the Written Law or the Mosaic Law. It is more accurate to say that the Torah is “God’s Instructions” than the modern concept of “legalistic law.” It is the Hebrew name for the first five books of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and considered sacred by the Essenes, Pharisees, Sadducees, and Samaritans.
. Guignebert, The Jewish World in the Time of Jesus. 62.
. See 08.01.04 for more details on the issues pertaining to the Law.