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    Verses in the Torah – Ask the Rabbi

    Q. How many verses are there in the Torah? How do we get this information without laboriously adding them up?

    A. There are 4845 verses in the Torah. If you look up a Hebrew Chumash you find the details (in Hebrew) at the end of each of the five books. Thus at the end of D’varim we are told that the book has 955 verses, 11 parshiyyot (sidrot) and 34 chapters.

    In a previous OzTorah we explained that the chapter numbers were introduced by Christians, not by Jews, and the chapter divisions do not always define a unit of material. For example, Genesis 2:1-3 really belongs to the first chapter and concludes the story of the six days of creation.

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