Matot-Masei

Numbers 30:2 – 36:13; Haftarah: Jeremiah 2:4 – 28; 3:4, 4:1 – 4:2 External Sources (Num 30:2) Procopius of Gaza – Catena on the Octateuch, on Numbers 30:2.11If it is a serious matter to lie to another person, how much more to lie to God. When Scripture describes his majesty, it says that God is in heaven above,…

Pinchas

Numbers 25:10 – 30:1: Haftarah: I Kings 18:46 – 19:21 External Sources Targum Jonathan on Exodus 6:18And the sons of Kehath, Amram, and Jitshar, and Hebron, and Uzziel. And the years of the life of Kehath the saint, a hundred and thirty and three years. He lived to see Phinehas, who is Elijah, the Great Priest,…

Balak

Numbers 22:2 – 25:9: Haftarah: Micah 5:6 – 6:8 External Sources (Num 22:21) Irenaeus of Lyons – Fragments XXIII “And he mounted upon his ass.” The ass was the type of the body of Christ, upon whom all men, resting from their labours, are borne as in a chariot. For the Saviour has taken up…

Chukat

Numbers 19:1 – 22:1: Haftarah: Judges 11:1 – 11:33 External Sources (Num 19:10) St. Jerome – Letter 108.12I linger long in the land of the midday sun for it was there and then that the spouse found her bridegroom at rest and Joseph drank wine with his brothers once more. I will return to Jerusalem…

Korach

Numbers 16:1 – 18:32: Haftarah: I Samuel 11:14 – 12:22 External Sources Book of Jubilees 10.1–3 In the third week of that jubilee the polluted demons began to lead astray the children of Noah’s sons and to lead them to folly and to destroy them. 2 And the sons of Noah came to Noah, their…