[b-hebrew] What happened to Jesus' haftarah ?

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sat Aug 13 18:01:13 EDT 2005

Well, to start with, the haftarot, by definition, only include selctions
from the prophets, not the writings. The Torah, or Pentateuch, is read in a
yearly cycle. Of the writings, the "five scrolls" are read on holidays -
Esther on Purim, Lamentations on the ninth of Av (which is tonight), Ruth on
Savu'ot (Weeks/Pentecost), the Song of Songs on Passover and Ecclesiastes on
Sukkoth, although the last three are fairly late customs and are not
universal. The Psalms are very popular in Jewish liturgy, worked into the
prayers and read by many people in a weekly or monthly cycle, although not
"publically" like the Torah or the haftarot are. On the other hand, Job,
Daniel, Proverbs, Ezra-Nehemiah and Chronicles, except for a few very select
passages, are not included in any liturgical readings.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Harold R. Holmyard III" <hholmyard at ont.com>
To: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Saturday, August 13, 2005 10:11 PM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] What happened to Jesus' haftarah ?

> Dear Yigal,
> >An intersting item off Agade:
> >
> >  >From <http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/611676.html>
> >===============================
> >
> >What happened to Jesus' haftarah?
> >By Hananel Mack
> HH: Thanks for the article. One question that came to me as I read
> was how much of the Tanakh is not included in the haftarah readings.
> It seems I noticed once that there was quite a lot of Scripture that
> was not included in the regular annual reading cycle. Now that may
> not include all the readings that Mr. Mack mentions, including the
> three-year reading cycle, the holidays, fast days, and "special
> sabbaths", as well as the variant traditions. But the significance of
> particular omissions of biblical material varies according to how
> much material overall is left out of the haftarahs.
> Yours,
> Harold Holmyard
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