I’d like to share a different annual reading cycle with you. We have been through the annual Torah cycle each of the last ten or so years. Each year has been rich and our focus has varied topically during those many cycles.
In the last several years, the Father has added a number of new families with younger children to our fellowship and they, too, have been through the cycle multiple times. But… we are finding that our children have some difficulty relating to the stories of Yeshua or making connections with the New Testament/Brit Chadashah.
So, this year, we determined to read and discuss through the Gospels and the Apostolic writings with the particular intent of familiarizing our children with the ‘New Testament’ while connecting it as often as possible with the things we know from the Torah. Our thought, as a fellowship, is that maybe every three or four years we want to be intentional about working ‘backwards,’ from NT to Torah, as we ensure our children, and ourselves, have and maintain a good balanced understanding and application of all of Scripture.
Here is a link to what we have put together for our reading cycle this coming year. I can provide this same information as an excel spreadsheet to any who want it or desire to modify it. This platform doesn’t like to save .xls, hence the pdf.
A note concerning layout… We have tried to carefully assemble the Gospel accounts into chronological order. This makes for what may seem a tedious reading list, however, we believe this is worth the effort to align the various passages and accounts. We have provided a ‘condensed’ passage list in a second column for those who prefer to read the larger sections or at least see the larger flow. Hillel II dates for feasts are given for reference. Our fellowship actually observes a slightly different calendar (sighted moon).
My expectation is that families will read the regular Torah cycle in their homes through the course of the year, but our focus as a fellowship, and especially for our children, will be the Brit Chadashah/New Testament in our weekly gathering.
If you find this useful, by all means, use it! Certainly, we would appreciate your thoughts if you have aditional input as we seek to improve this n the coming year.