Tabernacles, Festival of

Tabernacles, Festival of (Or Booths, Ingathering, Heb. Sukkoth)

Along with Passover and the Festival of Weeks, one of three major pilgrimage festivals of Judaism. Celebrated for eight days from the 15th of Tishri (September/October), it was Israel’s joyous, thanksgiving, autumnal harvest festival for the ingathering from the threshing floor and the wine press (Exod 23:16; Exod 34:22; Deut 16:13-15). Its main distinctive ritual is the requirement to “dwell in booths” in commemoration of God’s protection of Israel during the wilderness wanderings (Lev 23:39-43; Neh 8:13-18). It was the occasion of the dedication of Solomon’s Temple (1Kgs 8), the public reading of the Torah (every seven years, Deut 31:10-11), and the future ingathering of all nations to Jerusalem to worship God (Zech 14:16).

Exod 23:16

16You shall observe the festival of harvest, of the first fruits of your labor, of what you sow in the field. You shall observe the festival of ingathering at t ... View more

Exod 34:22

22You shall observe the festival of weeks, the first fruits of wheat harvest, and the festival of ingathering at the turn of the year.

Deut 16:13-15

The Festival of Booths Reviewed
13You shall keep the festival of booths for seven days, when you have gathered in the produce from your threshing floor and your ... View more

Lev 23:39-43

39Now, the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the produce of the land, you shall keep the festival of the Lord, lasting seven days; a ... View more

Neh 8:13-18

The Festival of Booths Celebrated
13On the second day the heads of ancestral houses of all the people, with the priests and the Levites, came together to the sc ... View more

1Kgs 8

Dedication of the Temple
1Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the ancestral houses of the Israelites, be ... View more

Deut 31:10-11

10Moses commanded them: “Every seventh year, in the scheduled year of remission, during the festival of booths,11when all Israel comes to appear before the Lord ... View more

Zech 14:16

16Then all who survive of the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the festi ... View more

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