The Feast of Tabernacles
John 7:1-18
After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.…

(Leviticus 23:34-43; Exodus 23:16; Deuteronomy 16:13-15) lasted seven days, from the fifteenth to the twenty-first of the seventh month, Tisri, October. An eighth day was further celebrated as a closing festival, like the first day, with a Sabbath rest and a holy convocation. The feast served as a thankful remembrance of God's gracious protection of the nation during its desert wanderings, and as a joyous celebration of the harvest then completed with the gathering in of the fruit and wine. It was therefore considered by the Jews after the exile to be the greatest and moss glorious feast, and its celebration was distinguished by various customs.

1. By an arbitrary interpretation of Leviticus 23:40, those who visited the feast carried in the left hand a lemon, and in the right a palm branch, bound with sprays of willow and myrtle.

2. At every morning offering, a priest, amid music and songs of praise, poured into two perforated vessels on the next side of the altar water which he had drawn in a golden pitcher from the fountain of Shiloah (comp. Isaiah 12:3).

3. On the evening of the first day of the feast — according to later Rabbinical accounts, on each of the seven days — there was an illumination in the court of the women by means of a great golden candelabra, accompanied by a torch dance before them.

(Prof. Luthardt.)This was perhaps the most joyous of all the Jewish festivals — the great annual holiday of the nation. During this festive period the people all left their houses and lived in tents or booths, which were erected in the streets and market places, and on the flat terraced roofs of the houses. From this circumstance it was called the "feast of tents" (text and Leviticus 23:34). It was likewise named the "feast of ingatherings" (Exodus 23:16; Exodus 34:22), because it took place at the close of the vintage, when the fruits of the year were gathered in. It was designed as a sort of a national praise-offering. The people assembled in the courts of the sanctuary to adore the bountiful providence of God which had crowned their labours with success, to rejoice in His goodness, and to implore His blessing on the following year. Josephus calls it " a most holy and eminent feast."

(J. T. Bannister, LL. D.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.

WEB: After these things, Jesus was walking in Galilee, for he wouldn't walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill him.

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