[b-hebrew] Psalms and Sedarim

JAMES CHRISTIAN READ JCR128 at student.apu.ac.uk
Fri Jun 9 17:45:57 EDT 2006

I haven't looked into this much but in light of Yigal's 
explanation it would seem that making the separations 
in logical places was of little importance and that the 
aim was rather to divide the reading up into equally 
sized chunks.

I find this most interesting actually, because it does 
bring to light evidences about the older form and order 
of the cannon.

-----Original Message-----
From: Brak <Brak at neo.rr.com>
To: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
Date: Fri, 09 Jun 2006 15:23:04 -0500
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Psalms and Sedarim

So this goes to my original question. IF these breaks indicate reading 
portions why are a lot of them placed in places where (in my logic) 
should be placed. Such as in the middle or the 2nd to the last or third 
to the last verse of a Psalm, or no breaks at the beginning of a book in 
the Minor Prophets. In many places the breaks are put in the middle of 
conversations and thoughts. In one place there is a list of genealogies. 
And a break is place in between a man's 4th son and his 5th son (I don't 
remember where it is at, I would have to look for it at a later time).

Yigal Levin wrote:

>Dear James,
>The sedarim are meand for daily reading, one seder a day. So the reader 
>would go through the entire book in two months!
>The intrduction to the Koren Tanakh, while not dealing specifically with the 
>Psalms, does say the following: the division of the Torah into 154 sedarim 
>follows the ancient custom of reading the Torah over a triannual cycle, one 
>seder for each Sabbath (the present custom is to divide the whole Torah into 
>52 "parshiyot", one for each Sabbath of the year). Additionally, according 
>to the Koren, the entire Tanakh is divided into 293 sedarim, which is the 
>number of non-holydays in the solar year (that is, 365 minus 52 Sabbaths, 7 
>days of Passover, 1 of Shavuot, 2 of Rosh Hashanah, 1 Yom Kippur, 8 Sukkot 
>and the 9th of Av). So, the division enables one to read through the entire 
>Tanakh in a year of "weekdays", leaving the holidays and Sabbaths for their 
>own assigned readings.
>----- Original Message ----- 
>From: "JAMES CHRISTIAN READ" <JCR128 at student.apu.ac.uk>
>To: <Brak at neo.rr.com>
>Cc: <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
>Sent: Friday, June 09, 2006 8:23 AM
>Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Psalms and Sedarim
>>Even more confusing to me is how it would take anyone
>>almost 60 years (19 * 3) to read the book of psalms.
>>I mean, we are talking one slow reader here!
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