SPECIAL TOPIC: SYNAGOGUE SERVICE
The Jerome Biblical Commentary on Luke (p. 131) gives a good summary of the order of service in first century Palestinian synagogues.
1. Opening – liturgical prayer
a. the Shema (cf. Deut. 6:4-9)
b. the Eighteen Blessings
2. Scripture reading (i.e., Acts 13:15)
a. from the writings of Moses
b. from the prophets
3. An interpretation or homily (i.e., Acts 13:15) by someone present called on by the leader/manager of the synagogue (i.e., Mark 5:22,35,36,38)
4. A closing liturgical blessing from Num. 6:24-27, known as the Aramaic Blessing (cf. Num. 6:25)
The early church patterned its worship services after the synagogue. the Apostles grew up using this pattern.
Copyright © 2013 Bible Lessons International