How We Study Torah

Studying the Scriptures and particularly Torah hasn't been all that easy for us.  We find that just reading the Torah portions in our Bible without any knowledge of Hebrew or the historical backgrounds didn't teach us all that much.  Just listening to a Torah teacher or commentary also wasn't all that helpful as we really needed to see some of things in the Scriptures ourselves.  We've finally come up with a study plan that works for us.

Here is a basic outline of how we study each Torah portion each week:

1.  We read the entire Torah portion with the Haftarah out loud using the Hebrew Names Version or the Restored Names Edition Bibles.  We prefer these versions for reading as we are trying to incorporate as much Hebrew language into our vocabularies as possible.  We also have a New King James and an Amplified Version at hand as we're most familiar with searching out Scriptures using these versions along with a Strong's Concordance.

2.  We download Monte Judah's weekly Torah teaching from Lion and Lamb Ministries.  We have a couple of years of Torah cycles that we've downloaded weekly as well as a complete Torah set that we bought from Lion and Lamb.  We listen to both the old and the new weekly Torah teachings as time allows during the week of that Torah portion.  We think it's important to download and listen to the teaching more than once as there is often far more in one session than we can fully absorb at one sitting.

3.  We try to be very mindful as we go through the week of the Torah teaching as we find that YHVH likes to reveal things to us that relate to the Torah portion for that week.  In Psalms 119:16, the psalmist writes about the delight that comes from studying HIS Word.  We find these moments to be particularly delightful as we discover HIS presence as HE teaches us.

4.  We include many "extra-Biblical" resources in our studies.  While the "church fathers" have determined what Scriptures are of value using their own criteria and agenda, their inclusion or exclusion of various other writings has changed over the ages.  Early Catholic Bibles included the Books of the Apocrypha and the Protestant church decided to drop these books.  The Books of Jasher and the Enoch are considered too wild and fanciful by many to be included in serious Bible study.  However, these books give us more background on the Patriarchs that helps us to learn more about them and the times that they lived in.  We believe that our studies are enhanced by including these books as well as the writings of Josephus and other Jewish commentary.   

5.  Our latest study tool is this blog as we try to share with others what Torah means to us.