The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Celebrate; Celebration
Celebrate; Celebration Several terms are translated “celebrate” by the RSV. In Neh. 12:27 the common Hebrew verb ‘āśâ (“do,” “make”; AV “keep”) is used in reference to celebrating the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem. In similar contexts, the verbs hāyâ (be) and ‘āḇaḏ (serve) are used in
Key passages
1 Sa 18:6–7

When they were coming back after David had returned from striking down the Philistine, the women went out from all the cities of Israel singing and dancing to meet King Saul with tambourines, with joy, and with three-stringed instruments. And the women sang as they danced, and they said, …

1 Mac 4:56–58

And they performed the dedication of the altar for eight days and offered up burnt offerings with celebration and sacrificed the deliverance and thanksgiving sacrifice. And they decorated the surface of the temple with gold crowns and small shields and consecrated the gate and the priest’s chamber …

1 Mac 10:58

And Alexander, the king, met him, and he gave him Cleopatra, his daughter. And he performed her wedding in Ptolemais, just as kings with great glory do.

2 Mac 10:6–8

And they observed with merriment eight days in the manner of the Feast of Tabernacles, remembering how shortly before, during the Feast of Tabernacles, they were feeding on the mountains and in the caves like wild animals. Therefore, holding ivy wreathed wands and branches with ripe fruit and …

3 Mac 4:1

And in every place where this decree became known, a feast with loud noise and joy at the public expense was organized for the Gentiles, as perchance their enmity, having been hardened long beforehand in their minds, was now being revealed openly.

3 Mac 6:35–36

And the Judeans, as we stated before, having organized the previously mentioned troop of dancers and singers, were celebrating with joyous thanksgiving and psalms accompanied with feasting. And when they had ordained a communal ordinance concerning these matters for all their sojourning community …