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Harvest
Harvesting
Dictionaries
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Harvests, Harvesting
HARVESTS, HARVESTING [Heb qāṣı̂r (קָצִיר)]. Harvesting (ingathering) is the culmination of the agricultural cycle followed immediately by the processing of crops and fruit into foodstuffs such as grain, wine, oil, and dried fruit. In a good year the season of ingathering was time for merrymaking (Judg
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Harvest
Harvest. The gathering in of a crop, especially for food. There was no single harvest time in ancient Israel. Olives were harvested in September–November, flax in March–April, barley in April–May, and wheat in May–June. Fruits such as figs and grapes were harvested at the end of the summer, in August
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Harvest
Harvest[Heb qāṣîr]; NEB also CROP (Lev. 19:9; Isa. 17:11), VINTAGE (Isa. 18:5); [melēʾâ] (Ex. 22:29 [MT 28]); AV “ripe fruits”; [pe] (Dt. 26:2); AV FRUIT; NEB PRODUCE; [ʾōsep] (Isa. 32:10); AV GATHERING; NEB PRODUCE; [teḇûʾâ] (Gen. 47:24; Jer. 2:3; 12:13); AV INCREASE, REVENUE; NEB
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Harvest
HARVEST The gathering in of a crop, especially for food. There was no single harvesttime in ancient Israel. Olives were harvested in September–November, flax in March– April, barley in April–May, and wheat in May–June. Fruits such as figs and grapes were harvested at the end of the summer, in August
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Harvest
HARVEST. The gathering of crops was the most important season on Israel’s calendar. The Hebrews were primarily dependent on their harvests for livlihood (Gen 45:6; Prov 10:5; 20:4; Jer 5:17). Events were dated from harvests (Gen 30:14; Josh 3:15; Jdg 15:1; Ruth 1:22; 2:23; 1 Sam 6:13; 2 Sam 21:19; 23:13).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Harvest
Harvest (Heb. qāṣīr, teḇû˒â; Gk. therismós).† The gathering of agricultural crops. In ancient Israel, a primarily agrarian society, the harvests of major crops became the occasions for the three principal pilgrim feasts: Passover (actually the earlier Feast of Unleavened Bread with which
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Harvest
HARVEST The harvesting or gathering of crops traditionally marked the beginning of the year for the Israelites, a tradition that changed only with the subjection of the kingdom by the Babylonians at the end of the seventh century b.c. After this, the calendar was maintained according to Babylonian custom,
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Harvest
HARVEST (Heb. qāṣı̂r, “a cutting”). The crops in the southern parts of Palestine and in the plains come to maturity about the middle of April, but in the northern and mountainous sections they do not become ripe until three weeks later, or more. The harvest began with the barley and the festival of
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Harvest
Harvestthe season for gathering grain or fruit. On the 16th day of Abib (or April) a handful of ripe ears of corn was offered as a first-fruit before the Lord, and immediately after this the harvest commenced (Lev. 23:9–14; 2 Sam. 21:9, 10; Ruth 2:23). It began with the feast of Passover and ended with
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Harvest
HARVEST — the period at the end of the growing season, when crops were gathered. Harvest was one of the happiest times of the year in Palestine (Ps. 126:5–6; Is. 9:3), marked with celebrations and religious festivals (Ex. 23:16). There were two grain harvests. Barley was gathered from mid-April onwards,
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Harvest
HarvestTo understand the approximately one hundred references in the Bible to reaping and harvest, we need to be aware of the predominantly agrarian world of the Bible from Genesis through the life of Christ. Until we reach the urban world of the missionary efforts of Paul and the early church, we move
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
HARVEST
HARVEST<har’-vest> ([קָצִיר‎, qatsir]; [θερισμός, therismos]): To many of us, harvest time is of little concern, because in our complex life we are far removed from the actual production of our food supplies, but for the Hebrew people, as for those in any agricultural district today, the harvest was
Key passages
Ex 34:21–22

Six days you will work, and on the seventh day you will rest; in the time of plowing and in the time of harvest you will rest. And you yourself will observe the Feast of Weeks—the firstfruits of the wheat harvest—and the Feast of Harvest Gathering at the turn of the year.

Is 9:3–4

You have made the nation numerous; you have not made the joy great. They rejoice in your presence as with joy at the harvest, as they rejoice when they divide plunder. For you have shattered the yoke of its burden and the stick of its shoulder, the rod of its oppressor, on the day of …

Joe 3:12–13

Let the nations be roused and let them come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will sit to judge all the nations from all around. Send forth the sickle, for the harvest is ripe! Go tread, for the winepress is full! The vats overflow, because their evil is great!

Mt 9:37–38

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest that he send out workers into his harvest.”