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Feast of Tabernacles

Posted by Chris on September 13, 2008

The Feast of Tabernacles is the last major Jewish Biblical holiday in our study.  It is also known as the Feast of Booths because of the command to build and live in temporary dwellings for the seven days of the festival (Lev 23:42-43).  Faithful Hebrews made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to give offerings from the recent harvest and constructed booths during their stay.


  • 15th day of 7th month
  • Celebrated for 8 days: first day Israel gives offerings and fruits of the land; 8th day hold a sacred assembly (Lev 23:36,40; Deut 16:13)
  • Occurred after harvest (Lev 23:39; Deut 16:13)
  • Implication that they were to do “no regular work” throughout the entire festival (Num 29:12)

What to Offer

  • The daily offerings followed the following pattern: (Num 29:13-34)
  • On the first day (in addition to regular burnt, grain, & drink ofg’s):
    • Burnt: 13 bulls; 2 rams; 14 male lambs
    • Grain: same as normal grain ofg
    • Sin: 1 male goat
  • Each subsequent day, decrease the number of bulls by one
  • Seventh day, seven bulls for the burnt ofg; everything else unchanged

Sacred Assembly

  • Scripture seems to speak of two different assemblies.  There is one which occurs on the eighth day—what I would call the “normal” assembly, the one which marked the climax of a multi-day festival; but Num 29:12 says that on the starting date, a sacred assembly should be held.
    • This is not the 8th day.  The feast of tabernacles starts on the 15th day of the 7th month.  The day of atonement is on the 10th day of the 7th month, therefore the 15th cannot be the end of the FoT.
    • Therefore I will assume that this first assembly was also when the first day’s offerings were made and but also special plant offerings- in addition it was a day of rest.
  • Like other assemblies: do no work (Num 29:35)
  • Burnt:1 bull, 1 ram, 7 male lambs, along with their grain and drink ofg’s (Num 29:37)
  • Sin: male goat
  • Regular grain and drink and burnt ofg’s

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