Why is Bible engagement down in the digital age? Bible Gateway's Rachel Barach shares some insight.
8:2 before the assembly. The participants (repeated in v. 3) are in keeping with those required to be present at the reading of the Law prescribed for the Feast of Booths in Deut. 31:10–13.
first day of the seventh month. This was the time for celebrating the Feast of Trumpets (Num. 29:1–6).