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Chronology of the Book of Revelation?


Every Sabbath the Jews read certain portions of the scriptures. These portions are divided into two groups: a reading from the Pentateuch (first 5 books) and the haftorah (prophetic). The schedule is either a one year or three year cycle. I have taken the book of Revelation and looked for parallels in the Pentateuch and have shown at what time each of these sections are read in a synagogue using either the one year or three year cycle. The prophetic portions are usually connected to the Pentateuch portion and, therefore, each week has a "theme." I have just taken this basic premise and extrapolated.

The information on which readings at what time comes from the Encyclopaedia Judaica CD-Rom edition, 1997. Readings from the Pentateuch do not consist of just one verse, for example the first week goes from Genesis 1:1 to Genesis 2:3, etc. The following is set up as: Pentateuch portion/haftorah (prophets) portion.

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Overview

FIRST YEAR
Nisan (Mar/Apr)

  1. tree of life; water of life
  2. dragon cast out of heaven;
    mark of the beast;
    dragon bound 1,00 years
  3. Passover - 144,000 redeemed

Tammuz (June/July)

  1. Babylon is fallen

Shevat (Jan/Feb)

  1. 2nd trumpet 1/3 sea blood, creatures dead, ships destroyed;
    2 witnesses given power for 1,260 days;
    2nd vial sea to blood, everything dies

Adar (Feb/Mar)

  1. 1st trumpet 1/3 trees and green grass die;
    1st vial noisome and grievous sore
  2. 4th trumpet 1/3 sun, moon, stars smitten;
    locusts;
    5th vial beast kingdom in darkness

SECOND YEAR

Nisan (Mar/Apr)

  1. redeemed of nations sing new song;
    6th seal earthquake, sun blackened, moon blood, stars fall, heaven departs;
    6th trumpet 200 million army;
    7th trumpet, wrath is come;
    144,000 sing new song;
    overcomers of beast and his mark sing new song;
    6th vial Euphrates dries up, kings of east prepared;
    7th vial wrath, earthquake, every island flees, great hail
  2. 3rd trumpet waters bitter.

Iyyar (Apr/May)

  1. come up hither;
    witnesses revived;
    woman to wilderness for 3 1/2 years
  2. 144,000 redeemed

Sivan (May/June)

  1. New Jerusalem comes down

THIRD YEAR

Shevat (Jan/Feb)

  1. reaping of earth

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Holiday readings are for those in Jerusalem.
Monthly
Rosh Hodesh (New Moon) Num 28:1-15
Shabbat and Rosh Hodesh Weekly portion; Num 28:9-15/Isa 66:1-24
Shabbat immediately preceding Rosh Hodesh Weekly portion/1 Sam 20:18-12

 

FIRST YEAR

Nisan (Mar/Apr)
1. Gen 1:1/Isa 42.5
2. Gen 2.4/no haftorah


3. Gen 3:24/no haftorah


4. Gen 5:1/Isa 30:8-15

Passover starts on Nisan 15
1st Day Exo 12:21-51; Num 28:19-25/Josh 5:2-6:1
2nd Day Lev 22:26-23:44; Num 28:19:25/none
3rd Day Exo 13:1-16; Num 28:19-25
4th Day Exo 22:24-23:19; Num 28:19-25


5th Day Exo 33:12-34:26; Num 28:19-25
6th Day Num 9:1-14; 28:19-25
7th Day Exo 13:17-15:26; Num 28:19-25/2 Sam 22:1-51
Intermediate Shabbat The order changes/Eze 36:37-37:14

Iyyar (Apr/May)
5. Gen 6:9/Isa 54:9-10
6. Gen 8:1/Hab 3:1-5
7. Gen 8:15/Isa 42:7-21
8. Gen 9:18/Isa 49:9-13
9. Gen 11.1/none

Sivan (May/June)
10. Gen 12:1/Josh 24:3-18
11. Gen 14:1/Isa 41:2-14; 1 Kings 10:9
12. Gen 15:1/Zeph 3:9-19; Isa 1:1-17
13. Gen 16:1/Isa 64:1

Shavuot Sivan 6
Exo 19:1-20:23; Num 28:26-31/Eze 1:1-28: 3:12

Tammuz (June/July)
14. Gen 17:1/Isa 63:10,11
15. Gen 18:1/Isa 33:17-34:12; 2 Kings 4
16. Gen 19:1/Isa 17:14-18:7


17. Gen 20:1/Isa 61:9-10
18. Gen 21:1/I Sam 2:21-28

Fast of Tammuz 17
Morning and afternoon Exo 32:11-14; 34:1-10/none

Av (July/Aug)
19. Gen 22:1/Isa 33:7-22


20. Gen 23:1/1 Kings 1:1
21. Gen 24:1/Judges 19:20
22. Gen 25:1/2 Sam 5:17-6:1

Ninth of Av
Morning Deu 4:25-40/Jer 8:13-9:23
Afternoon Exo 32:11-14; 34:1-10/Isa 55:6-56:8

Elul (Aug/Sept)
23. Gen 26:11/Isa 65:23-66:8
24. Gen 27:1/Isa 46:3-6
25. Gen 27:28/Micah 1:1, 5:7-13
26. Gen 28:10/Hosea 12:13
27. Gen 29:31/Isa 60:15

Tishri (Sept/Oct)
28. Gen 30:21/1 Sam 1:11
29. Gen 31:3/Jer 30:10-16; Micah 6:3-7:20
30. Gen 32:4/Obad 1:1
31. Gen 33:18/Nahum 1:12-2:5

Rosh Ha-Shanah Tishri 1
1st Day Gen 21:1-34; Num 29:1-6/1 Sam 1:1-2:10
2nd Day Gen 22:1-24; Num 29:1-6/Jer 31:2-20

Day of Atonement Tishri 10
Morning Lev 16:1-34; Num 29:7-11/Isa 57:14-58:14
Afternoon Lev 18:1-30/The Book of Jonah; Micah 7:18-20

Sukkot starts on Tishri 15
1st Day Lev 22:26-23:44; Num 29:12-16/Zech 14:1-21
2nd Day Lev 22:26-23:44; Num 29:17-19/none (Days 2-7 portion read 4 times.)
3rd Day Num 29:20-22
4th Day Num 29:23-25
5th Day Num 29:26-28
6th Day Num 29:29-31
7th Day Num 29:32-34
Shabbat during intermediate Days Exo 33:12-34:26; Daily portion from Num 29/Eze 38:18-39:16
Shemini Azeret 8th Day Gen 1:1-2:3; Num 29:35-30:1; Deu 33:1-34:12/Josh 1:1-18
Simhat Torah 9th Day none/none

Heshvan (Oct/Nov)
32. Gen 35:9/Isa 43:1-7
33. Gen 37:1/Jer 38:8
34. Gen 38:1/Isa 37:31-37
35. Gen 39:1/Isa 52:3-9

Kislev (Nov/Dec)
36. Gen 40:23/Amos 1:3-15, 2:6
37. Gen 41:1/Isa 29:8
38. Gen 41:38/Isa 11:2-9
39. Gen 42:18/Isa 50:10-52:11

Hanukkah starts on Kislev 25
1st Day Num 7:1-17
2nd Day Num 7:18-23 (Days 2-7 portion read three times.)
3rd Day Num 7:24-29
4th Day Num 7:30-35
5th Day Num 7:36-41
6th Day Num 7:42-47
7th Day Num 7:48-53
8th Day Num 7:54-8:4
First Shabbat Weekly and Hanukkah portions/Zech 2:14-4:7
Second Shabbat Weekly and Hanukkah portions/1 Kings 7:40-50
Rosh Hodesh during Hanukkah Weekly and Hanukkah portions; Num 28:1-15
Rosh Hodesh and Shabbat Hanukkah Weekly Rosh Hodesh and Hanukkah portions/Isa 66:1-24

Tevet (Dec/Jan)
40. Gen 43:24/Jer 42:12-17, 43:12-14; 1 Kings 3:15
41. Gen 44:18/Josh 14:6; Eze 37:10
42. Gen 47:28/1Kings 2:1, 13:14
43. Gen 49:1/Isa 43:2

Fast of Tevet 10
Morning and afternoon Exo 32:11-14; 34:1-10/none

Shevat (Jan/Feb)
44. Gen 49:27/Zech 14:1; Micah 2:12
45. Exo 1:1/Isa 27:6; Eze 16:1,20
46. Exo 3:1/Isa 40:11; 2 Kings 20:8


47. Exo 4:14/Isa 55:12
48. Exo 6:2/Judges 13:2

Adar (Feb/Mar)
49. Exo 7:18/Joel 3:3
50. Exo 8:16/Isa 34:11


51. Exo 10:1/Isa 19; Jer 4:6; 1 Sam 6:6


52. Exo 12:13/Jer 46:13-26

Fasts of Esther Adar 13
Morning and afternoon Exo 32:11-14; 34:1-10/none

Purim Adar 14
Exo 17:8-16

 

SECOND YEAR

Nisan (Mar/Apr)
53. Exo 12:29/Isa 21:11
54. Exo 13:1/Isa 46:3
55. Exo 13:21/Isa 45:24


56. Exo 15:21/Isa 49:10

Iyyar (Apr/May)
57. Exo 16:25/Isa 58:23
58. Exo 18:1/Isa 6, 61:6-10


59. Exo 21:1/Jer 34:1
60. Exo 22:26/Isa 49:3

Sivan (May/June)
61. Exo 24:1/Isa 60:17-61:9
62. Exo 25:1/Isa 66


63. Exo 26:31/Eze 16:10-19
64. Exo 27:20/Hosea 14:7; Eze 43:10
65. Exo 29:1/Isa 61:6

Tammuz (June/July)
66. Exo 30:1/Mal 1:11-2:7
67. Exo 30:12/2 Kings 12:5
68. Exo 31:1/Isa 43:7-21
69. Exo 32:14/2 Sam 22:10-51

Av (July/Aug)
70. Exo 34:27/Jer 31:33-40; 1 Kings 18:27-39
71. Exo 37:1/1 Kings 8:8-22
72. Exo 38:21/Jer 30:18
73. Exo 39:1/Isa 33:20-34:8; 1 Kings 7:13

Elul (Aug/Sept)
74. Lev 1:1/Isa 43:21; Jer 21:19; Micah 6:9-7:8
75. Lev 3:1/Eze 44:11, 20:41
76. Lev 4:1/Eze 18:4-17
77. Lev 5:1/Zech 5:3-6:19
78. Lev 6:1/Jer 7:21

Tishri (Sept/Oct)
79. Lev 6:12/Mal 3:9
80. Lev 8:1/Eze 43:27
81. Lev 9:1/1 Kings 8:56-58
82. Lev 12:1/Isa 66:7

Heshvan (Oct/Nov)
83. Lev 13:29/2 Kings 5
84. Lev 14:1/2 Kings 7:8
85. Lev 15:1/none
86. Lev 16:1/Eze 44:1

Kislev (Nov/Dec)
87. Lev 17:1/none
88. Lev 18:1/Eze 22:1
89. Lev 19:1/Amos 9:7
90. Lev 21:1/Eze 44:25

Tevet (Dec/Jan)
91. Lev 22:1/none
92. Lev 24:1/none
93. Lev 25:1/Jer 36:6; Eze 34
94. Lev 25:39/Isa 24:2

Shevat (Jan/Feb)
95. Lev 26:3/Jer 16:19; Eze 12:20
96. Num 1:1/Hosea 2:1
97. Num 2:14/none
98. Num 3:14/Isa 43:9

Adar (Feb/Mar)
99. Num 4:17/1 Sam 6:10
100. Num 4:21/Judges 13:2-25
101. Num 5:11/Hosea 4:14
102. Num 6:1/Judges 13:2

 

THIRD YEAR

Nisan (Mar/Apr)
103. Num 6:22/none
104. Num 8:1/Zech 4:14
105. Num 9:22/none
106. Num 11:1/none

Iyyar (Apr/May)
107. Num 12:1/none
108. Num 13:1/Josh 2:1; Judges 18:7
109. Num 14:1/none
110. Num 15:1/none
111. Num 16:1/1 Sam 11

Sivan (May/June)
112. Num 17:16/Eze 44:15
113. Num 18:25/Eze 44:29
114. Num 20:14/Judges 11
115. Num 22:2/Micah 5:6

Tammuz (June/July)
116. Num 23:2/none
117. Num 25:10/Mal 2:5
118. Num 26:52/Josh 17:4
119. Num 28:1/Eze 45:12

Av (July/Aug)
120. Num 30:1/Jer 4:2
121. Num 32:1/Jer 2
122. Num 33:1/none
123. Num 34:1/Eze 45:1; Josh 21:41
124. Num 35:9/Josh 20:1

Elul (Aug/Sept)
125. Deu 1:1/Jer 30:4; Amos 2:9
126. Deu 2:1 none
127. Deu 3:23/Jer 32:16
128. Deu 4:1/none

Tishri (Sept/Oct)
129. Deu 5:1/none
130. Deu 6:4/1 Kings 10:39
131. Deu 8:1/Jer 9:22-24
132. Deu 9:1/Jer 2:1; 2 Kings 8:30

Heshvan (Oct/Nov)
133. Deu 10:1/2 Kings 13:23
134. Deu 11:26/Isa 54:11-55:6
135. Deu 12:20/Jer 23:9
136. Deu 15:7/Isa 61:1-2

Kislev (Nov/Dec)
137. Deu 17:14/1 Sam 8:1
138. Deu 17:24/1 Sam 10:24
139. Deu 18:1/Jer 29:8
140. Deu 20:10/Josh 24:1

Tevet (Dec/Jan)
141. Deu 21:10/Isa 54:1-10
142. none/none
143. none/none
144. Deu 26:1/Isa 60:1-22

Shevat (Jan/Feb)
145. Deu 29:9/Isa 55:6-58:8; Micah 7:18-20
146. Deu 31:1/Jer 12:15
147. Deu 31:14/Judges 2:7
148. Deu 32:1/Eze 17:22

Adar (Feb/Mar)
149. Deu 33:1/Josh 1:1-18
150. Deu 34:1/none
151. Shekalim Exo 30:11-16/2 Kings 12:1-17
152. Zakhor Deu 25:17-19/1 Sam 15:2-34
153. Parah Num 19:1-22/Eze 36:16-38
154. Ha-hodesh Exo 12:1-20/Eze 45:16-46:18


ONE YEAR CYCLE
These readings start on the Sabbath after Simchat Torah (Tishri 23). Simchat Torah is the day after Shemini Azeret (8th day of Sukkot/Tabernacles). Months are added just to give a general idea of when the readings that relate to the book of Revelation would fall.

Tishri (Sep/Oct)
Gen 1:1-6:8/Isa 42:5-43:11 (see 3 year cycle)

Heshvan (Oct/Nov)
Gen 18:1-22:24/2 Kings 4:1-37 (see 3 year cycle)

Shevat (Jan/Feb)
Exo 6:2-9:35/Eze 28:15-29:21 (see 3 year cycle)
Exo 10:1-13:16/Jer 46:13-28 (see 3 year cycle)
Exo 13:17-17:16/Judges 4:4-5:31 (see 3 year cycle)
Exo 18:1-20:23/Isa 6:1-7:6; 9:5 (see 3 year cycle)

Adar (Feb/Mar)
Exo 25:1-27:19/1 Kings 5:26-6:13 (see 3 year cycle)

Elul (Aug/Sept)
Deu 32:1-52/2 Sam 22:1-51 (see 3 year cycle)

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Full One Year Cycle

Wk. Portion Name English Equivalent Pentateuch Haftorah
Genesis
1 Bereshit in the beginning 1:1 - 6:8 Isa 42:5 - 43:11 (42:5-21)
2 No'ah Noah (rest) 6:9 - 11:32 Isa 54:1 - 55:5 (54:1-10)
3 Lekh Lekha go forth, yourself! 12:1 - 17:27 Isa 40:27 - 41:16
4 Va-Yera and He appeared 18:1 - 22:24 2 Kings 4:1-37 (4:1-23)
5 Chayyei Sarah life of Sarah 23:1 - 25:18 1 Kings 1:1-31
6 Toledot generations 25:19 - 28:9 Mal 1:1 - 2:7
7 Va-Yetze and he went out 28:10 - 32:3 Hosea 12:13 - 14:10 (11:7 - 12:12)
8 Va-Yishlach and he sent 32:4 - 36:43 Hosea 11:7 - 12:12 (Obad 1:1-21)
9 Va-Yeshev and he settled 37:1 - 40:23 Amos 2:6 - 3:8
10 Mi-Ketz at the end of 41:1 - 44:17 1 Kings 3:15 - 4:1
11 Va-Yiggash and he drew near 44:18 - 47:27 Eze 37:15-28
12 Va-Yechi and he lived 47:28 - 50:26 1 Kings 2:1-12
Exodus
13 Shemot names 1:1 - 6:1 Isa 27:6 - 28:13; 29:22,23 (Jer 1:1 - 2:3)
14 Va-Era and I appeared 6:2 - 9:35 Eze 28:25 - 29:21
15 Bo enter! 10:1 - 13:16 Jer 46:13-28
16 Be-Shallach when he let go 13:17 -17:16 Judg 4:4 - 5:31 (5:1-31)
17 Yitro Jethro 18:1 - 20:23 Isa 6:1 - 7:6; 9:5 (6:1-13)
18 Mishpatim laws 21:1 - 24:18 Jer 34:8-22; 33:25,26
19 *Terumah offering 25:1 - 27:19 1 Kings 5:26 - 6:13
20 *Tetzaveh you shall command 27:20 - 30:10 Eze 43:10-27
21 Ki Tissa when you elevate 30:11 - 34:35 1 Kings 18:1-39 (18:20-39)
22 *Va-Yakhel and he assembled 35:1 - 38:20 1 Kings 7:40-50 (7:13-26)
23 *Pekudei accountings of 38:21 - 40:38 1 Kings 7:51 - 8:21 (7:40-50)
Leviticus
24 Va-Yikra and he called 1:1 - 5:26 Isa 43:21 - 44:23
25 Tzav (please see Command the Bride) command! 6:1 - 8:36 Jer 7:21 - 8:3; 9:22,23
26 Shemini (please see Ravenous Birds) eighth 9:1 - 11:47 2 Sam 6:1 - 7:17 (6:1-19)
27 *Tazri'a she bears seed 12:1 - 13:59 2 Kings 4:42 - 5:19
28 *Metzora infected one 14:1 - 15:33 2 Kings 7:3-20
29 *Acharei Mot after the death 16:1 - 18:30 Eze 22:1-19 (22:1-16)
30 *Kedoshim holy ones 19:1 - 20:27 Amos 9:7-15 (Eze 20:2-20)
31 Emor say! 21:1 - 24:23 Eze 44:15-31
32 *Be-Har on the Mount 25:1 - 26:2 Jer 32:6-27
33 *Be-Chukkotai in My statutes 26:3 - 27:34 Jer 16:19 - 17:14
Numbers
34 Be-Midbar in the wilderness 1:1 - 4:20 Hosea 2:1-22
35 Naso elevate! 4:21 - 7:89 Judg 13:2-25
36 Be-Ha'alotkha in your making go up 8:1 - 12:16 Zech 2:14 - 4:7
37 Shelach Lekha send for yourself! 13:1 - 15:41 Josh 2:1-24
38 Korach Korach (bald) 16:1 - 18:32 1 Sam 11:14 - 12:22
39 Chukkat ordinance of 19:1 - 22:1 Judg 11:1-33
40 Balak Balak (destroyer) 22:2 - 25:9 Micah 5:6 - 6:8
41 Pinchas Phinehas (dark-skinned) 25:10 - 30:1 1 Kings 18:46 - 19:21
42 *Mattot tribes 30:2 - 32:42 Jer 1:1 - 2:3
43 *Masei journeys of 33:1 - 36:13 Jer 2:4-28; 3:4 (2:4-28; 4:1,2)
Deuteronomy
44 Devarim words 1:1 - 3:22 Isa 1:1-27
45 Va-Ethannan and I pleaded 3:23 - 7:11 Isa 40:1-26
46 Ekev as a result 7:12 - 11:25 Isa 49:14 - 51:3
47 Re'eh (please see Ravenous Birds) see! 11:26 - 16:17 Isa 54:11 - 55:5
48 Shofetim judges 16:18 - 21:9 Isa 51:12 - 52:12
49 Ki Tetze when you go out 21:10 - 25:19 Isa 54:1-10
50 Ki Tavo when you enter in 26:1 - 29:8 Isa 60:1-22
51 *Nitzavim you are standing 29:9 - 30:20 Isa 61:10 - 63:9
52 *Va-Yelekh and he went 31:1-30 Isa 55:6 - 56:8
53 Ha'azinu give ear! 32:1-52 2 Sam 22:1-51
54 **Ve-Zot ha-Berakhah and this the blessing 33:1 - 34:12 Josh 1:1-18 (1:1-9)

Readings in parentheses follow Sephardic as opposed to Ashkenazi ritual.
Readings with an asterisk denote portions that are sometimes combined.
Reading with two asterisks is not read on the Sabbath but on Simchat Torah.

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