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Torah

TORAH (tō'ra, Heb. tôrâh, direction, instruction, law). The common Hebrew word for “law.” It is so translated over two hundred times in the OT, even though this is far from being the best translation. The word is used for human instruction such as takes place between caring parents and beloved children (e.g., Prov.4.1-Prov.4.2 kjv). In our ears the word “law” carries the overtones of “authoritative imposition”; but while the Torah of the Lord certainly does not lack such authority (Deut.6.1-Deut.6.2), it is rather his loving and caring “instruction” of his people.