The Haftarah Study
The Haftarah is a lectionary series of selections from the books of the Prophets and Writings of the Hebrew Bible (Tanach) that are studied each week in conjuntion with the prescribed Torah reading for that week. The haftarah is thematically linked to the week's Torah reading. 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 prophets and writings of the Hebrew Bible. The reality is that each of these prophetic portions actually contains its associated Torah reading. Therefore in essence, the Jews were still able to study the Torah by studying the Prophets and the Writings.
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 Wednesday evenings during 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.
Below are some of the handouts, audio, and video from the Haftarah classes: