4970 seasons, of the year
Distinctive periods of the year marked by certain climatic conditions. Seasons are examples of God’s perfect order in the world. They represent the balanced cycle of creation which is sustained by God and through which his provision and mercy are made known.
Seasons are appointed by God
The agricultural seasons of Palestine
The dry and rainy seasons Joel 2:23 The rainy season, accounting for over 90 per cent of the national rainfall, runs from October to March/April. Its beginning is marked by the autumn rains in October/November; the lighter spring showers in April/May announce the coming of the dry season. See also Ezr 10:13; Hos 6:3; Jas 5:7 Israel’s continued enjoyment of seasonal blessings was conditional upon her obedience: Lev 26:3-4; Dt 11:13-14; Dt 28:12
Seedtime and harvest Pr 20:4 Ploughing and sowing take place from October to December when the autumn rains have begun to soften the ground. Most crops are harvested between April and June. See also Ex 34:21; Nu 13:20; Job 5:26; Ps 1:3
Spring as a time of growth SS 2:11-13 Spring marks a pleasant interval between the heavy winter rains and the onset of the dry season. See also Pr 27:25; Joel 2:22; Mt 24:32 pp Mk 13:28 pp Lk 21:29-30
Festivals celebrated in spring Lev 23:5-6 pp Nu 28:16-17 Passover and Unleavened Bread; Lev 23:10 offering the firstfruits of the barley harvest; Lev 23:15-16 pp Dt 16:9-10 The Feast of Weeks celebrated the ingathering of the grain harvest.
The breaking of the summer drought Ps 84:6 Autumn is the start of the rainy season and corresponds to the time of ploughing and sowing.
Celebration of the Feast of Dedication Jn 10:22 The Feast of Dedication (Hannukah) commemorates the rededication of the temple by Judas Maccabeus in 165
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