We’re starting a regular weekly cycle reading passages from 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.
Torah Reading: Genesis 42:18 – 43:13 – Joseph’s Brothers Return to Jacob
Haftorah – Isaiah 50:10 – 51:7 + 11
Notes on Genesis 42:18 – 43:13
Notes on Psalm 35
Notes on Isaiah 50:10 – 51:7 + 11
Notes on Hosea 6:2-11
August 6, 2017 – Genesis 42:1–17 – Joseph’s Brothers Go Down to Egypt
This is the second half of the previous week’s reading.
(Psalm 34 and Isaiah 11:2-10 + 16 apply to this week also).
Notes on Genesis 42:1-17
Observe the Fast of Ab
No Readings except for those about the fast.
See notes on the fast here.
Zechariah 8:19 – Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace.
The Fast of Tammuz, which we observed July 9, and the Fast of Ab on July 30, mark off a season of mourning and self-reflection. The first fast reminded Jews of the day when the wall of Jerusalem was breached by the Babylonians in 587 B.C. (and later by the Romans in 70 A.D.). The second fast designated the complete destruction of the Temple and Israel carried off into captivity. The focus is on the idolatry that brought God’s judgment upon them, and a search to rid themselves of any idolatry within.
The medieval Jewish commentator Maimonides said that all these fasts would cease in the times of the Messiah. So Zechariah’s prophesy points to God’s final victory, which as believers we celebrate from our position as “seated with him in the heavenlies.”
Torah Readings: Gen. 41:38–57 – Joseph Elevated
Haftarah – Isaiah 11:2-10 + 16
Notes on Genesis 41:38–57
Notes on Psalm 34
Notes on Isaiah 11:2-10 + 16
Torah Readings: Genesis 41:1-37
Haftarah – (1) Isaiah 29:8-19
(2) Haggai 1:1-8 + 2:6-7
Notes on Genesis 41:1-37
Notes on Psalm 33
Notes on Isaiah 29:8-19
Notes on Haggai 1:1-8 + 2:6-7