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Tabernacles Feast of

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Tabernacles, Feast of. Numbers 29:12-40. One of the three great annual festivals which all the Hebrews were to keep. During the seven days of its celebration the people dwelt in booths made of the branches and leaves of trees, in commemoration of the 40 years' wandering in the wilderness. Leviticus 23:34-44, As the season of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth, it is also called the "Feast of Ingathering." Exodus 23:16; Exodus 34:22. It commenced on the fifteenth day of Tisri, October; the first day and the eighth day were distinguished as Sabbaths. Numbers 29:12-40; Deuteronomy 16:13-15; Zechariah 14:16-19. In every seventh year during this festival, the law of Moses was read In the hearing of all the people. Deuteronomy 31:10-13; Nehemiah 8:14-18. In later times, the priests went every morning during the festival, and drew water from the fountain of Siloam, and poured it out to the southwest of the altar, the Levites, in the meanwhile, playing on instruments of music, and singing the Psalms 113:1-9; Psalms 114:1-8; Psalms 115:1-18; Psalms 116:1-19; Psalms 117:1-2; Psalms 118:1-29. This ceremony is said to have been founded on Isaiah 12:3; and was probably a memorial of the abundant supply of water which God afforded to the Hebrews during their wanderings in the wilderness. John 7:2-39.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Tabernacles Feast of'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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