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7408 Pentecost

7408 Pentecost

One of Israel’s three major agricultural festivals, the second great feast of the Jewish year. It is a harvest festival, also known as the Feast of Weeks. The original Jewish significance of this festival has been overshadowed by the Christian celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

Pentecost was one of Israel’s three major agricultural festivals

It was also known as the Feast of Weeks Dt 16:9-10 See also Ex 34:22; Dt 16:16-17; 2Ch 8:13

It is also referred to as the Feast of Harvest Ex 23:16

Instructions for the celebration of Pentecost

Its timing and sacrifices Lev 23:15-21 The “fifty days” (verse 16) gives rise to the term “Pentecost” which is derived from the Greek word for “fiftieth”; Nu 28:26-31; Jer 5:24

Its link with the deliverance from Egypt Dt 16:12 Pentecost later became associated with covenant renewal and the giving of the Law.

Pentecost in the NT

It was observed by Paul See also Ac 20:16; 1Co 16:8

Its association with the coming of the Holy Spirit Ac 2:1-4,16-21; Ac 11:15 See also Joel 2:28-32

See also

3040Holy Spirit, promise of
3242Holy Spirit, baptism with
3257Holy Spirit, gift of
3275Holy Spirit in the church
4018life, spiritual
7361Feast of Weeks