Feast of Pentecost

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Pentecost, which means "fifty," is celebrated fifty days after Passover. It is the only one of the three pilgrimage feasts which did not commemorate a specific event in Israel's history. Eventually it came to be associated with the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai.

Pentecost, which is the Greek word for "fiftieth," is called in Hebrew ag Shavuot, that is,"the Feast of Weeks" (Exod. 34:22; Lev. 23:15-22). Its name derived from the fact that it was celebrated seven weeks after the Passover, on...


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