Triennial Cycle of Torah Readings


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.

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August 13, 2017 – Gen. 42:18 – 43:13 – Joseph’s Brothers Return to Jacob

Torah Reading: Genesis 42:18 – 43:13 – Joseph’s Brothers Return to Jacob

Psalm 35
Haftorah – Isaiah 50:10 – 51:7 + 11
Hosea 6:2-11

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

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August 6, 2017 – Gen. 42:1–17 – Joseph’s Brothers Go Down to Egypt

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

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July 30, 2017 – The Fast of Ab

Observe the Fast of Ab

No Readings except for those about the fast.

See notes on the fast here.

Zechariah 8:19Thus 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.”

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July 23, 2017 – Gen. 41:38–57 – Joseph Elevated

Torah Readings: Gen. 41:38–57 – Joseph Elevated

Psalm 34
Haftarah – Isaiah 11:2-10 + 16

Notes on Genesis 41:38–57

Notes on Psalm 34

Notes on Isaiah 11:2-10 + 16

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July 16, 2017 – Gen. 41:1-37 – Pharaoh’s Dreams

Torah Readings: Genesis 41:1-37

Psalm 33
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

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