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Easton's Bible Dictionary

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Additional Resources
• Nave's Topical Bible
Ingathering, feast of
Tabernacles, feast of
• Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Water: & Healing, Holy
• Torrey's Topical Textbook
Feast of Dedication, The
Feast of Jubilee, The
Feast of Pentecost, The
Feast of Purim, or Lots, The
Feast of Sabbatical Year, The
Feast of Tabernacles, The
Feast of the New Moon, The
Feast of the Passover, The
• Baker's Evangelical Dictionary
Dedication, Feast of
Firstfruits, Feast of
Love Feast
Tabernacles, Feast of
Unleavened Bread, Feast of
Weeks, Feast of
• Easton's Bible Dictionary
Dedication, Feast of the
New Moon, Feast of
Tabernacles, Feast of
Trumpets, Feast of
Weeks, Feast of
• Fausset's Bible Dictionary
Dedication, Feast of
Tabernacles, Feast of
Trumpets, Feast of
• Smith's Bible Dictionary
Dedication, Feast of the
Tabernacles, The Feast of
Trumpets, Feast of
• International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Booths, Feast of
Dedication, Feast of
Lots, Feast of
Ruler of the Feast
Tabernacles, Feast of
Trumpets, Feast of
Weeks, Feast of
Greek - feast of charity, love feasts
Greek - governor of the feast, ruler of the feast
Greek - feast
Greek - feast
Greek - feast of dedication, feast of the Dedication
Greek - keep the feast, celebrate the feast
Greek - feast
Greek - wedding feast
Greek - feast
Greek - feast of Booths
Greek - feast with, feast
Hebrew - feast, appointed feast, appointed feasts, feasts
Hebrew - feast
Hebrew - feast
Hebrew - keep a solemn feast, celebrate a feast
Hebrew - feast
Hebrew - feast, feast days, feasts
Hebrew - feast
Hebrew - feast, feasting
Hebrew - feast

As a mark of hospitality (Genesis 19:3; 2Sam 3:20; 2Kings 6:23); on occasions of domestic joy (Luke 15:23; Genesis 21:8); on birthdays (Genesis 40:20; Job 1:4; Matthew 14:6); and on the occasion of a marriage (Judges 14:10; Genesis 29:22).

Feasting was a part of the observances connected with the offering up of sacrifices (Deuteronomy 12:6,7; 1 Samuel 9:19; 16:3,5), and with the annual festivals (Deuteronomy 16:11). "It was one of the designs of the greater solemnities, which required the attendance of the people at the sacred tent, that the oneness of the nation might be maintained and cemented together, by statedly congregating in one place, and with one soul taking part in the same religious services. But that oneness was primarily and chiefly a religious and not merely a political one; the people were not merely to meet as among themselves, but with Jehovah, and to present themselves before him as one body; the meeting was in its own nature a binding of themselves in fellowship with Jehovah; so that it was not politics and commerce that had here to do, but the soul of the Mosaic dispensation, the foundation of the religious and political existence of Israel, the covenant with Jehovah. To keep the people's consciousness alive to this, to revive, strengthen, and perpetuate it, nothing could be so well adapated as these annual feasts." (See FESTIVALS .)

Copyright Statement
These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for 'Feast'". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1897.


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