I want to try something different. I’ve found it difficult to keep up with my blogging studies due to difficult life circumstances. So on this page I’m going to put downloadable Torah portion files that I’m working on for House of David Fellowship.
This year on Shabbat our fellowship has been dividing up into several groups with each leader leading discussions using various teaching methods. Here you will find some of mine. By the way, we don’t have the luxury of meeting every Shabbat so we are on a two year Torah cycle. If any are missing, I hope to eventually go back and clean them up so I can post them.
I do a form of drash or comparative analysis. When I look at the text, I often look at the literary structure and the Hebrew language, as well as thematic parallels, literary parallels, or chiastic/concentric structures. Thematic connections are compared using charts. Parallels can be parallels in the actual section of text being studied (literary) but they can also be found in other areas of Scripture (non-literary).
I often include a column for questions/comments, a column for Yeshua, or future application for comparative purposes. Often there are themes in each of the original historical events that played out in the life of Yeshua. Sometimes, the opposite of a theme can take place for a variety of reasons. A series of themes can form a pattern or a shadow that is repeated in Scripture; you can’t see it unless you chart it out and compare. These patterns and shadows can even play out in our own lives. These patterns and/or shadows often reveal a typological picture of Yeshua and/or events that surrounded His life. Since we are dealing with shadows, an unexpected historical figure may project a character trait or theme that we see in Yeshua or someone else; just remember that they are contributing to the shadow and don’t let it bother you if it doesn’t “match up” to the person you would expect or like it to. As we compare themes in Scripture from beginning to the end of Scripture, we can see how they remain constant or change. In a way, constancy confirms the validity of the New Testament which many are already rejecting.
Sometimes study like this only yields little nuggets of insight, sometimes it yields a goldmine. You never know what your time investment in study is going to yield.
Comparing and contrasting the themes (or thematic connections) of each stage of the parallels and chiasms often take us beyond the Peshat and reveal the Remez, Drash, and Sod. It gives us a picture of something else that otherwise would remain hidden. For example it can reveal the reason for the chukkim which often do not make any logical sense to us. Often our finite minds can’t comprehend spiritual things because they are too complex; however, when we look at Scripture this way, we begin to understand things such as the Bride of Messiah on a deeper level.
Sometimes we may not use this method at all. It just depends on how YHVH leads me in private study.
If you are interested in learning how to do thematic pattern analysis, please download and view the following presentation and accompanying handout that were presented at the 2017 Feast of Tabernacles Virginia (fotVA) held at Bethpage Camp Resort:
B’resheet (Genesis 1:1-6:8) – not currently available
Noach (Genesis 6:9-11:32) – not currently available
Lech Lecha (Genesis 12:1 – 17:27) Last edited 3/20/17
VaYera (Genesis 18:1-22:24) Last edited 3/20/17
Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1-25:18) Last edited 3/20/17
Toldot (Genesis 25:19 – 28:9) Last edited 3/20/17
Vayetze (Genesis 28:10-32:3 ) Last edited 3/20/17
VaYishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43) This is a focus on Dinah. Last edited 3/20/17
VaYeshev (Genesis 37:1 – 40:23) Last edited 3/20/17
Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1) Last edited 5/7/17
Va’era – Bo Last edited 6/6/17. This not only looks at Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35) and Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16) but explores the means of entering the covenant, which includes circumcision, and compares the plagues of Egypt with the seals, trumpets, and plagues of Revelation.
Beshalach-Yitro Last Edited 6/24/17. This looks at Beshelach (Exodus 13:17-17:16) and the first part of Yitro (Exodus 18:1-19:2).
Yitro (18:1-20:23 ) Last Edited 7/2/17
Terumah – Ki Tissa Last Edited 9/5/2017. This looks at Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19), Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20-30:10), and Ki Tissa (Exodus 30:11-34:35).
VaYak hel – P’kudei Last Edited 9/23/2017. This looks at VaYak’hel (Exodus 35:1 – 38:20) and P’kudei (Exodus 38:21 – 40:38).