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Festival Time: Tabernacles

The Feast of Tabernacles marked the very end of the harvest season, and was a seven-day extravaganza of sacrifices and other celebrations. It was the end of the agricultural year; all the crops were gathered in, and the people had … Continue reading

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Festival Time: The Day of Atonement

The Day of Atonement was the most solemn day of the whole Jewish year. It was a day of mourning and fasting and other forms of self-denial, as the people reminded themselves of their inherent sinfulness, and of their perpetual … Continue reading

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Festival time: Trumpets

After Pentecost, there was quite a long gap before the final three festivals, all of which took place in quick succession during the seventh month of the Jewish year, at the end of the harvest season. That month opened with … Continue reading

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Festival time: Pentecost

The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) was the complement and conclusion of the Passover festivals, and coincided with the beginning of the wheat harvest (Leviticus 23:15-21). It was an opportunity to give thanks to God for His provision of food for … Continue reading

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Festival time: Firstfruits

According to the Middle Eastern fertility religions, the gods had to be bribed or manipulated into giving good harvests. But the Israelites did not have to do this! Instead, at the beginning of the barley harvest they were to acknowledge the … Continue reading

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Festival time: Passover

The first Passover was a new beginning, the critical moment when Israel became a free nation. Each family had selected a lamb (or goat) for slaughter, four days in advance – a young male, healthy and in its prime. It … Continue reading

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Festival time: the Sabbath

What sort of image does the word ‘Sabbath’ evoke? Maybe one of the early scenes in the film Chariots of Fire, where we see the devout Christian athlete Eric Liddell telling off some young boys for playing football on a … Continue reading

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