Sabbath Readings' Companion Book
by Yohannis Wolde Immanuel
Excerpt from Immanuel's compilation of the "Sabbath Readings' Companion Book, vol.1":
The content in this book has been prepared as a guide for Hebraic studies into the Holy Bible, from not only Hebrew but also Ethiopic study framework. The mode of study parallels the outlining of the Torah, from the prophet Ezra, whom also was a scribe. Ezra, after returning from Babylonian Exile/Captivity (597 BC - 538 BC) reintroduced the Torah,¹ as we know it today to the Hebrew people, especially in Jerusalem whom after the return from the Babylonian Captivity, sought restore the religious practices, culture and education of those Hebraic peoples who underwent the exile at the hands of the Babylonians.
This study follows the tradition of the studies into the first Five Book of Moses (or the Torah), with additional comparative studies into the New Testament (the Gospels, the Epistles, writings and prophetical books.) giving a holistic outlook on the entirety of the Scriptural writings. The most accurate equivalent to this mode of biblical study can be found among Orthodox Judaism as the Parshiyot/Parshat – ?????? / ????. The Parshat, is read on a weekly basis throughout a year’s time in concordance to the Hebraic calendar calculations.² For the new generation of Ras Tafari students of Scriptural texts, this literary work can attest to growing intensity of interest in the most read book throughout history. The Hebrew language when compared to the ancient Ethiopic puts into perspective not only the similarities of the seemingly distant linguistics but, also meshes the historical narratives. Seeing the events that lead to the airlifts of the Beta Israel of Ethiopia, along with the growing relationships of other Hebraic peoples in Africa and Asia; it became befitting that more critical study into the Holy Bible is yet still needed to draw accurate conclusions. Thus, enters the Sabbath Companion study guide.
Ethiopic stands very clearly as a link into understanding the Hebrew language, as well as, other “Semitic” languages or dialects.³ Take for instance, in the Ethiopic, Ge’ez & Amharic (all Ethiopian languages/dialects); the word/phrase “Orit - ???” pronounced O-rït; has a direct relationship to the more ancient language/dialect of Aramaic phrase, “De-oraita/D’Oraita - ????????”; pronounced O-r?-ïta; both words in translations respectively, mean “Torah, or instruction.” Usually, referencing the first Five Books of Moses, but in the Ethiopic tradition adding in the Books of Joshua, Judges, & Ruth. Aramaic which preceded the Biblical and Modern Hebrew we know of today, shows the just about the same relationship to any Ethiopic language in linguistics and phonetics as any Hebraic dialect. This is something bound to be expounded upon not only in this text but from more scholarly works.
Ras Tafari Sabbitical study #1 ?????? / ??????????? BeMejemeriya [ETH] / Bereishit(Berais(h)it [HBRW] Readings: Genesis 1: 1- 6:8 Isaiah 42:5 -43:11 John 1: 1-14 Colossians 1: 15-17 Hebrews 1: 1-3
We open a new cycle of Torah readings and study with the parsha(portion) of BeReshiyt(h)-???????????. The creation mythos, the story of the brothers: Cain & Abel, the Book of Generations, & Noah. The Cain & Abel story [Genesis 4: 1-4] [STUDY NOTES] Sumerian, Ancient Egyptian, & other creation mythos(stories). compare Khnum’s Potter’s Wheel to Gen. 5:2
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bereshit_%28parsha%29; Enuma Elis – the Babylonian Epic of Creation;
1. ref. Ezra chpts. 7-8; Neh. 8
2. http://www.hebcal.com/sedrot/ , To Pray As A Jew: A Guide To The Prayer Book And The Synagogue Service _ Hayim H. Donin
3. A Description of Afro-Asiatic (Hamito-Semitic) Language Family _ Cory D. Crawford, Dr. Cynthia L. Hallen – Bringham Young University, Dept. of Linguistics; http://linguistics.byu.edu/classes/ling450ch/reports/afro-asiatic.html
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