Feast • Feasting • Festivity • Holy Day • Holy Days • Holyday
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Feasts [Heb. mô̂ʿ-ēḏ-‘an appointed matter,’ either a place, as the tabernacle (Ex. 30:30), or a time, as the Hebrew feasts (= Heb. miqrāʾ-‘what is called,’ a convocation, Lev. 23:2), ḥag̱-‘dancing, procession,’ a pilgrimage feast; Gk. heortḗ-‘feast’].
HolydayThis word occurs twice in the AV (Ps. 42:4 [MT 5]; Col. 2:16). In the latter case it renders Gk. heortḗ the ordinary term for a religious festival (RSV, NEB “festival”). In the former instance “keeping holyday” renders Heb. ḥôg̱ēg̱. The verb ḥāg̱ag̱ means “make a pilgrimage” or “keep
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Festivals, Feasts, and Fasts
festivals, feasts, and fasts, activities that, in the Bible, are observed to commemorate or emphasize events in the relationship between God and human beings.Festivals and Feasts: Most religious festivals were occasions of joy. They were times for thanking God for blessings and granting relief to the
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
HOLYDAY. Translated “holyday” in the NT only in Col 2:16 (KJV). It was actually a festival or feast day though used for a reverent, holy purpose. In all other cases in the NT it is translated as feast day or festival (e.g. Lk 2:42; Jn 5:1; 7:2; etc). In the OT, on the other hand, the sabbath is spoken
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
FEASTS. Heb. ḥaḡ, ‘feast’ (Lv. 23:6; Dt. 16:16), mô‘aḏê Yahweh, ‘feasts of the Lord’ (Lv. 23:2, 4; Nu. 15:3). The terms are expressive of a day or season of religious joy. While some of these feasts coincide with the seasons, it does not follow that they have their origin in the seasonal ritual
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Feasts, Festivals
Feasts, FestivalsFeasts and festivals provided occasions for the Israelites to come before God and express their gratitude for successful harvests, to remember and celebrate Yahweh’s saving actions on behalf of the nation, and to reflect on their status as the holy people of Yahweh. Five “festal calendars”
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Feasts (Heb. mô˓ēḏ, ḥag̱; Gk. heortḗ).† Regular celebrations commemorating events of national and religious significance; in ancient Israel, occasions for communal thanksgiving.
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Holy Days
Holy daysJudaism was rich in festivals and the observance of other special days. The vagaries of the calendar however led to disputes among Jewish groups; and the rapid self-definition of the church over against its parent increased the problems for the early Christians. It is not certain what special
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
HOLYDAY (Heb. ḥāgag, to “dance”; Gk. heortē). A KJV term better rendered “festival” (so NASB and NIV, Ps. 42:4; Col. 2:16) or “feast.”
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Feastas a mark of hospitality (Gen. 19:3; 2 Sam. 3:20; 2 Kings 6:23); on occasions of domestic joy (Luke 15:23; Gen. 21:8); on birthdays (Gen. 40:20; Job 1:4; Matt. 14:6); and on the occasion of a marriage (Judg. 14:10; Gen. 29:22).Feasting was a part of the observances connected with the offering
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Holy Day
HOLY DAY — a term for the Sabbath (Ex. 35:2; Is. 58:13), as well as other days of special religious significance in the life of the Hebrew people. The day on which Ezra read the Law of God to the restored community in Jerusalem was described as a holy day (Neh. 8:9–11). In one passage, the people agree
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
FestivalIn the Bible a festival is a periodic religious celebration, sometimes at a special place and therefore involving a journey. Festivals call for a cessation to ordinary workaday activities and replacing them with communal activities that are special to the religious occasion.Israelite festivals
Feast, Feasting
Feast, FeastingFeasts in the Bible are images of joyful voices, festive music and dancing, and abundant food. They are not simply parties, but celebrations of God’s goodness toward his people. Feasts provide occasions of fellowship with one another and with the Lord to remember and to celebrate what
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
HOLYDAY<ho’-li-da>: This word occurs twice in the King James Version, namely, Ps 42:4, “a multitude that kept (the Revised Version (British and American) “keeping”) holyday,” and Col 2:16. In the latter case it is a rendering of the Greek word [ἑορτή, heorte], the ordinary term for a religious
Key passages
Sir 33:7–9

Why does a day surpass a day, when all the light of day of a year is from the sun? They were separated by the knowledge of the Lord, and he made the seasons and the feasts different. He exalted and consecrated some, and he established some for a number of days.

Bar 1:14

“You shall read this document that we sent to you, to explain in the house of the Lord in the day of the festival and in the days of the season.

1 Mac 7:48–49

And the people celebrated greatly and observed that day as a day of great celebration. And they established to observe this day yearly on the thirteenth of Adar.

1 Mac 13:51–52

And he entered into it on the twenty-third day of the second month of the one hundred and seventy-first year with praise and palm branches, and with lyres and with cymbals and with stringed instruments and with hymns and with songs, because a great enemy was crushed from Israel. And he decreed …

2 Mac 1:18

Being about to observe the purification of the temple on the twenty-fifth day of Chislev, we deemed it necessary to instruct you plainly in order that you yourselves also might observe the Feast of Tabernacles and the fire when Nehemiah, the one who restored …

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