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A Traditional Haftarah Cycle

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This chapter shows the overwhelming degree of correlation between Philo’s rare citations from the Prophets and traditional Haftarah string ‘Admonition, Consolation, and Repentance’. These are the Haftarot recited between 17th of Tammuz and the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), at least according to the Ashkenazi and Sephardi rites. It is certainly striking that the overwhelming majority of Philo’s citations from the Latter Prophets are found in one or another of the Haftarot belonging to the ‘Admonition, Consolation and Repentance’ Haftarah cycle. For of the all-told twelve different citations from the Latter Prophets in Philo’s oeuvre, nine are found in one or another of the Haftarot of the Haftarah cycle that begins with the 17th of Tammuz and ends after Yom Kippur. In Philo’s writings, there are citations from at least two out of three of the ‘Haftarot of Admonition’, and there are two citations from the ‘Haftarot of Consolation’.

Keywords: Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur); Haftarah Cycle; Haftarot of Admonition; Haftarot of Consolation; Philo; Sephardi rites; Tammuz



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