Triennial Cycle of Torah Readings


We’re studying the first five books of the Bible, the Torah, in imitation of how Jesus and the disciples studied the scriptures. The whole process will take three and a half years. Passages from the Prophets and the Psalms are paired with those from the Torah, which often brings out hidden meaning and clarifies many of the sayings of Jesus.

We’ll publish the readings for each week here, and you are encouraged to comment, ask questions or add insights each week. Follow along with us!

More background on the Triennial Cycle is found here.

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May 19, 2019 – Num. 17:1-13 – Aaron’s Rod Buds

Torah Reading:  Numbers 17:1-13 – Aaron’s Rod Buds

Psalm 103
Haftarah: Isaiah 11:1-10

Notes for Numbers 17:1-13

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May 12, 2019 – Celebrate Pentecost!

The Holy Spirit was poured out on Jesus’ disciples on the Jewish feast of Pentecost, celebrated on the 50th day after Passover. According to Jewish tradition, this was also the day God gave the Ten Commandments to his people. Mount Sinai was the shadow. Pentecost is the reality for us. The law is now written on our hearts (Jeremiah 31:33). The Holy Spirit dwells within us. Pentecost is also associated with baptism: “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38).

Read the Pentecost memo here

Pentecost and the Threshing Floor

Baptism and the Mikvah

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May 5, 2019 – Num. 16:1-50 – Rebellion of Korah

Torah Reading: Numbers 16:1-50 – The Rebellion of Korah

Psalm 102:13-28

Haftarah: Hosea 10:2-12

Notes on Numbers 16:1-50

Notes on Psalm 102:13-28

Notes on Hosea 10:2-12

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April 28, 2019 – Num. 15:1-41 – Instructions for Offerings; a Stoning; Fringes

Torah Reading: Numbers 15:1-41 – Instructions for Offerings; a Stoning; Fringes 

Psalm 102:1-12
Haftarah: Isaiah 56:3-8 + 57:15-16, 18-19

Notes on Numbers 15:1-41

Notes on Psalm 102:1-12

Notes on Isaiah 56:3-8 + 57:15-16, 18-19

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April 20, 2019 – Celebrate Passover!

We’re celebrating Passover April 20 this year.

Read our Passover memo concerning the feast

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