Biblical Feasts and Festivals
Biblical Feasts and Festivals have been celebrated by the Jewish people for centuries. Wherever Jews have lived – from the land of Israel in Biblical times, through various lands in the Diaspora, and in the modern State of Israel – they have marked these festivals. The festivals influence all aspects of life: they are sanctified in prayer, observed in laws and customs, and even inspire music, food and dress.
These are the feasts of the Lord, holy convocations, which you shall proclaim at their appointed times (Leviticus 23:4).
In this class we will explore the sacred times of the Hebrew Bible. Biblical Feasts and Festivals topics will include:d
- The history and structure of the Jewish calendar
- Shabbat – the Sabbath
- Celebrating the new month
- The three pilgrimage festivals
- Festivals of the new year
- Hebrew Bible festivals that were added in later times
Our primary text is the Hebrew Bible (the Tanakh- the first 5 books of the Bible): each student will be required to study designated passages in preparation for the class, and to have a copy of the Hebrew Bible in class.
Through this course, we hope to see how these Biblical Feasts and Festivals have shaped – and continue to shape – the lives of families and communities.