Revised Sabbath Readings Lectionary

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Wyn Laidig | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Jan 5 2018 10:40 AM

Logos 7 changed some of the syntax requirements for the Personal Book Builder, so my old Sabbath Reading Lectionary no longer compiled successfully.  I have attached a revised Sabbath Reading Lectionary that is compatible with Logos 7.  I also made a few other changes to clean things up a bit.  I expect to produce an entirely new plan when this one is completed in October 2018.

6518.Sabbath Readings 2016-2018 Revised.zip

This is a three-year Lectionary that provides the standard weekly Torah readings on an annual cycle, along with all the rest of Scripture on a three-year cycle. Following this plan, after 3 years, a person will have read the Torah three times and all the rest of Scripture once.

Note that the Biblical calendar used here is not the traditional Jewish (Hillel) Calendar based on a formulation developed in the fourth Century. Instead this calendar is based upon starting each month when the first crescent moon could be visible with the naked eye in Israel.  This is most likely how the people of Israel determined the start of each month in Biblical days.  Also, the beginning of the year (Day 1 of Month 1) is established by the requirement that the beginning of Passover (the sunset beginning Day 14 of Month 1) must follow the time of the spring equinox in Israel.  While this is not prescribed in Scripture, there is some evidence that the Sanhedrin required the presence of the full moon (at Passover) to occur after the equinox.  So there is perhaps some ancient tradition to support this.  Also, it seems to be a logical way for the people of Israel to have established the new year, even during their time in the wilderness when they didn't plant barley.  The spring equinox is easily observable (the day when the suns shadow falls on an east-west line all though-out the day), and would have been something familiar to the Moses and people of Israel.  As a result of the above, this Biblical calendar can occasionally vary by as much as one month from the traditional Jewish dates, which are based on calculations developed in the fourth century, rather than on observation of the crescent moon the vernal equinox.

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