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Josiah keeps the Passover
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A sacred observance in Judaism that commemorates the climactic 10th plague in the book of Exodus, when Yahweh punishes Egypt by killing all the firstborn but “passes over” (פָּסַח‎, pasach) the firstborn of Israel (Exod 12:12–13), resulting in the Israelites’ deliverance from slavery in Egypt (Exod 12:14–17).
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Passover
Passover (פִּסְחָא‎, pischa'; פֶּסַח‎, pesach; Πάσχα, Pascha). A sacred observance in Judaism that commemorates the climactic 10th plague in the book of Exodus, when Yahweh punishes Egypt by killing all the firstborn but “passes over” (פָּסַח‎, pasach) the firstborn of Israel (Exod 12:12–13), resulting
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Unleavened Bread and Passover, Feasts of
UNLEAVENED BREAD AND PASSOVER, FEASTS OF. “Passover” is the name of the sacrifice that is slaughtered on the 14th day of Nisan and eaten toward evening, at the end of the day or soon after sunset marking the beginning of the 15th day of Nisan. Scripture presents the Passover as the key element of a rite
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Passover
Passover. Important Jewish festival celebrating Israel’s redemption from Egypt.See Feasts and Festivals of Israel; Meals, Significance of.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Passover
Passover [Heb. pesaḥ; Gk. páscha; cf. Aram pisḥāʾ; note also Eng. “paschal”]. A major festival held in the spring to commemorate Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. The term is often used of the entire festival celebration (e.g., Ex. 12:48; 2 K. 23:21). It may also designate the Passover sacrifice
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Passover
PASSOVER Important Jewish festival celebrating Israel’s redemption from Egypt. See Feasts and Festivals of Israel; Meals, Significance of.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Passover
Passover (pas´oh-vuhr), a religious festival commemorating God’s deliverance of the Jews from slavery. The English term translates the Hebrew word pesakh as used in Exod. 12:13, “I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt” (see also vv. 23, 27). In the Bible,
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Passover
PASSOVER. The festival instituted by God for Israel at the time of the Exodus in order to commemorate the night when Yahweh spared all the firstborn of the Israelites but struck dead all those of the Egyptians (Ex 12:1–30, 43–49).The Heb. word pesaḥ (Gr. pascha) is of uncertain origin. G. E. Mendenhall
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Passover
PASSOVER. The Passover of Ex. 12 concerns (1) the original historic event of Israel’s deliverance from Egyp. bondage; (2) the later recurrent institutional commemoration of that event (Mishnah Pesaḥim 9:5). Closely conjoined, though separate, are (3) the prohibition of *leaven, symbolizing the haste
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Passover, Feast Of
Passover, Feast ofA ritual observance of Israel that celebrates Yahweh’s deliverance of the community from Egypt. The observance took place on the 14th day of Nisan (Apr.–May; Abib in older calendars) and included the slaughter of a lamb and its consumption in a meal shared by the whole family. Passover
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Passover
Passover (Heb. pesaḥ; Gk. páscha; cf. Aram. pisḥā˒),† The spring festival of the Jewish liturgical calendar that commemorates God’s deliverance of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Passover, Feast Of
PASSOVER, FEAST OF One of the most important feasts of the Israelite calendar. The word “Passover” is an echo of the verb pâsah., “pass over,” indicating that the feast was instituted to commemorate the deliverance of Israel from Egypt when the angel of death passed over the Israelites’ firstborn (Exod
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Passover
Passover. The Jewish festival celebrated every spring in connection with the *Exodus. Acc. to the account of its institution in Exod. 12, a lamb is to be slain in each household and its blood sprinkled on the lintel and doorposts of the house in memory of the fact that when the first-born in Egypt were
Key passages
2 Ki 23:21–23

Then the king commanded all of the people, saying, “Keep the Passover to Yahweh your God, as has been written on the scroll of this covenant.” For they had not kept this Passover from the days of the judges who had judged over Israel or during the days of the kings of Israel …

2 Ch 35:1–19

Josiah kept the Passover to Yahweh in Jerusalem. And they slaughtered the Passover sacrifice on the fourteenth day of the first month. And he set the priests at their posts and encouraged them in the service of the house of Yahweh. And he said to the Levites who …