Tag Archives: Bible Festivals

“You Shall Read This Law”

[Bible references in this post are from the New Revised Standard Version] One of the clues that the so-called old covenant follows a fairly standard ancient covenant format is that ancient covenants usually have what the experts refer to as … Continue reading

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Feast of Tabernacles: Get Into the Flow

[Note: The material in this post may seem familiar because it has appeared in other forms in previous posts on this website.] The book or John organizes Jesus’ ministry around different “Jewish” festivals, many of which were ordained by God … Continue reading

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“They Shall be My People, and I Will Be Their God”

The story of the relationship between God and humanity begins with God forming the first human being from the soil and “breathing into his nostrils the breath of life” (Gen. 2:7 NRSV throughout). He directly operates on the man, removing … Continue reading

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A Memorial of the Blowing of Trumpets

The Feast of Trumpets is the only festival in the Bible that is named after a (more-or-less) musical instrument. There were apparently two different kinds of trumpets used in religious services in ancient Israel: a long silver trumpet used for … Continue reading

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Winds of Salvation

In a previous post we went through various stories in Israel’s history that relate fire to the day of Pentecost in Acts 2.  We noted that fire from God’s presence had great symbolic importance relating to God’s acceptance of a … Continue reading

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Shout! For He Has Given Us the City

The only thing we are told about Israel’s Feast of Trumpets is that it was to be a “memorial of blowing” (of trumpets). Later tradition assigned the ram’s horn (“shofar” in Hebrew) as the “trumpet of choice” for celebrating the … Continue reading

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