The third and final section of the Tanakh is comprised of the Writings within the Hebrew scriptures. The writings are eclectic in their composition and wide-ranging in the types of literature they include. 

The Megillot (Holiday Scrolls)- The five books known collectively as the Megillot are part of the commemoration of important Jewish holidays. Song of Song: A love poem between a newlywed husband and wife is read during the celebration of Passover. Ecclesiastes: A collection of wisdom is read during the celebration of Sukkot ("Tabernacles" or "booths"). Esther: A story of the Jewish people in captivity in Persia is read during the Feast of Purim ("lots"). Ruth: The story of a woman from Moab and a direct ancestor of King David is read on Shavuot ("weeks" or "Pentecost"). Lamentations: The extended lament poem attributed to Jeremiah after the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem and the first Temple is read in its entirety during the commemoration of Tisha B'Av ("the ninth of Av", usually in August). 

Wisdom Literature- Stories describing people who dealt with difficult life situations were revered and consist of  Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes

Worship Literature- Psalms (Tehillim): A collection of songs, many of which were sung publicly by the Levites during worship at the Temple in Jerusalem and in the synagogues. A large number of them are labeled as having been written by King David himself.

History- The following books in the Ketuvim are not considered "prophetic", but contain history. Ezra-Nehemiah: A story about two great leaders who were responsible for bringing the Jewish people back to their land after the Babylonian captivity. Daniel: A man captured from Jerusalem who rose through the levels of Babylonian government, and ended up being a trusted advisor of the Babylonian king. He had apocalyptic visions of the centuries after his time. Chronicles: ​A theological presentation of the history of the Jewish people and gives insight into memorable stories and historical incidents. 


psalms, proverbs, Job