Torah Tuesday at Bet Immanuel (Current)
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The current class of Torah Tuesday will be looking at the haftarah portions. A complete cycle of commentary on the Torah portions is archived for your reference and study. Click here for the Torah lecture archives
The Haftarah is a series of selections from the books of the Prophets of the Hebrew Bible (Tanach) that are studied each week in conjuntion with the prescribed Torah reading of the week. The haftarah is thematically linked to the parashat (Torah portion) that precedes it.
The practice of reading and studying the haftarah arose in response to the persecution of the Jews under Antiochus Epiphanes which preceded the Maccabean revolt, wherein Torah study was prohibited. The amazing aspect of the Word of God is that it is a fractal. Thus, whenever you have one part of it, you in reality have it all. Hence, during the time when the Jews were not allowed to study the first five books of the Bible, they studied the prophetic writings. However, each of the prophetic portions actually contains its associated Torah reading. Hence, the Jews were still able to study the Torah by studying the Prophets.
Centuries before Yeshua walked the earth, Ezra the Scribe and the 120 elders of the Great Assembly divided the Torah (i.e. the first five books of the Bible) into 54 portions, so that in the course of a year the entire Torah scroll would be recited during weekly worship (i.e. a lectionary). This practice is still observed around the world today. It is to these 54 portions that a prophetic reading (haftarah) has been attached.
Yeshua said that these Hebrew scriptures plainly testify of him (John 5:39, Luke 24:27). On Tuesday evenings in this class, we will be focusing primarily on the haftarah, so that we can better understand how these Scriptures bear witness to Yeshua and in the process we will also get in touch with the Hebraic roots of our faith.
The reading schedule is available by clicking here
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The Haftarah Commentaries
Below are the handouts and audio for the current classes.
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