The first five books of the bible are sometimes called the pentateuch which means five books they are also known as the books of the law because they contain the laws and instruction given by the lord through moses to the people of israel these books were written by moses except for the last portion of deuteronomy because it tells about the death of moses. The first five books of the bible are genesis exodus leviticus numbers and deuteronomy collectively they are called the pentateuch or the torah according to jewish and christian oral tradition they were dictated to moses by god and scholars believe they were written by multiple authors over centuries. Names for the first five books there are a number of different names that are commonly used to designate the first five books of the old testament they are sometimes called the pentateuch this name comes from two greek words that mean the five volumes these five books genesis exodus leviticus numbers and deuteronomy are also . The first five old testament books are known as the pentateuch and in judaism as the torah they are the books of law in judaism the first five books of the hebrew bible are called the torah
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