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The Octateuch (/ˈɒktətjk/) is a traditional name for the first eight books of the Bible, comprising the Pentateuch, plus the Book of Joshua, the Book of Judges and the Book of Ruth.[1] These texts make up the first eight books of the Bible in a traditional Christian ordering. This order is quite different from that of the Tanakh where Ruth is considered as part of the third section of the canon (the "Ketubim" or "Writings") and is found after the Song of Solomon, being the second of the Five Megillot.[2]

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  1. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Pentateuch" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 12 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 123..
  2. ^ "Ruth, book of", Jewish Encyclopedia.