Senior Project Advisor
Feast of Sukkot, Holy festival
There is a holy festival commanded in the Bible yet barely described, a sacred week which most in the world know nothing about, though many Jews and some Christians celebrate it still. It is the longest and the most joyous of the festivals outlined in the Torah, and it was for centuries considered the greatest (Schauss 170). It was called variously ‘‘the Festival” or “God’s Festival”, for it played a greater role in people’s lives than any other (171). Yet its origins are unclear. Some historians believe it began as a Canaanite fertility festival, and that it was adopted and adapted by the Israelites when they entered Canaan. One Jewish tradition holds that Jacob initiated this festival when he made a special sacrifice to Yahweh. Other scholars believe this holy feast symbolizes a sacred marriage between God and His people or that is it a yearly renewal of His covenant with them. These are just some of the possible sources for this mysterious festival.
Korthuis, Kirsten J. (Kristen Janelle), "The Forgotten Feast: A History of Tabernacles and Its Importance Today" (2000). WWU Honors College Senior Projects. 242.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
student projects; term papers
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