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Four Notes On The Triennial Lectionary Cycle

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The scientific study of the Triennial Lectionary Cycle goes back to the end of the 19th century. The sources are many and diverse: early Bibles with Massorah, Genizah lists, midrashim and piyyutim that are structured after the lectionary, and Romanian and Karaite traditions. In his article A Bible Manuscript Written in 1260, I. Joel discusses the two systems of triennial sidrot contained in that MS. He mentions the previously known division of 167 sidrot, which is also contained in MS Leningrad B19A, and in various later Yemenite MSS. A number of Genizah MSS of Palestinian Targum contain notation of triennial sidrot, and even occasional notation of triennial haftarot. The original MS Cambridge University T-S 20.155 is written in the form of a Torah scroll, in narrow ruled columns, on one side of the parchment. The Torah and haftarah lectionaries were apparently added on the verso, two or three centuries later.

Keywords: sidrot; Torah; triennial haftarot; triennial lectionary cycle



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