The best way to read the Hebrew canon is in the Tanakh ordering

Originally drafted August 21, 2022 and last tended May 16, 2023 by Matt McElwee.
(See Revision History).

Here I argue that the canonical order of the Hebrew Scriptures is best considered as the original Tanakh ordering contra the more modern Protestant ordering. While the intertextual nature of the Scriptures allows meaning to be drawn from any1 ordering, the Tanakh ordering is best for a a first-time reader.


  1. I would suggest that all readings should begin with Genesis 1 through Exodus 20 at the bare minimum with no interleaving or breaks.