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

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Mon Aug 15 03:20:45 EDT 2005

This is certainly true, and I never said otherwise. The "set" readings from
the prophets were probably only regularized much later, but there could very
well have been a more-or-less established local practice. As for the reading
of the Torah, it very probably did follow some cycle, although we have no
idea which one. As the article stated, the earliest attested custom in the
Land of Israel was reading in a roughly triannual cycle.

The later midrash, by the way, attributes the weekly Sabbath reading of the
Torah to Moses, and the lesser readings of a small part of the following
Sabbath's portion on the preceeding Sabbath afternoon and Monday and
Thursday mornings to Ezra.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Karl Randolph" <kwrandolph at email.com>
To: "b-hebrew" <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, August 15, 2005 5:50 AM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] What happened to Jesus' haftarah ?

> We are making assumptions based on "modern" practices. Did
> Jesus in this example follow a set pattern of Torah/Haftorah
> readings, or did he choose to read something different, and
> expound on his chosen text? We are not told. And from others'
> discussion on this subject, it appears that a universal list
> of readings was not drawn up until later, though there was a
> practice of reading Torah and Prophets.
> Karl W. Randolph.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Yigal Levin" <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il>
> >
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Peter Kirk" <peterkirk at qaya.org>
> > > >The earliest source we have on that custom is the New Testa! ment.
> > > >According to the narrative in Luke (4:16-21), Jesus returns to h is
> > > >hometown, Nazareth and, on the Sabbath, he goes to the synagogue
> > > >where he reads from the Torah. He is then given the Book of Isaiah.
> > > >
> > > Actually there is no mention of Jesus reading from the Torah, but only
> > > from Isaiah. He may have read from the Torah first, or maybe someone
> > > else did, but we should be careful not to read back into this time
> > > assumptions based on later practice, or from practice in Asia Minor..
> > >
> >
> > While it is true, Peter, that the passage does not specifically mention
> > reading from the Torah, anyone familiar with the synagogue service (as
> > author of Luke-Acts was) would make the same assumption. And while you
> > correct in saying that one should be careful in "reading back" later
> > practices, one can also assume that later practices began somewhere. It
> > perfectly reasonble to assume that later (3rd century) practices
> > out of 1st century practices. Remember, the article is not about "the
> > historical Jesus", but about the development of the Jewish custom of
> > (and not reading) certain passages for the haftarah
> .....
> >
> > Yigal
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