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Shavuot — Pentecost

Shavuot (pronounced sha-voo-OHT), which Christians know better from the Greek, Pentecost, is one of three pilgrimage festivals in which Jewish men during biblical times were obligated to go to the Temple in Jerusalem.

Initially, it was a harvest festival, commemorating the ancient obligation to bring the harvest's "firstfruits" to the Temple in Jerusalem as an offering to God. With the destruction of the Temples, it evolved into an event of monumental significance to both Jews and Christians — the giving of the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, on Mount Sinai.

You will discover a variety of resources from Bible studies to devotions to recipes to help you understand the importance and significance of this holy observance not only to Judaism, but to the Christian faith as well.

What is Shavuot -- Pentecost?

Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the most important event in Israel's history -- the giving of the Torah. Learn more with an overview of this celebration.

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Study of Ruth

A Study on Ruth

The Book of Ruth is traditionally read during Shavuot, both for its ties to the harvest season and for Ruth's vow to follow the God of Israel. Learn more in our Life of Ruth Bible Study.

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Man holding blueberries

Shavuot - A Season of Giving

The Jewish holiday, Shavuot, is rich in meaning for both Christians and Jews. Explore three major themes and lessons associated with this biblically mandated observance with our Season of Giving Bible study.

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Recipes for Shavuot -- blintzes

Recipes for Shavuot

It is customary to eat dairy food on Shavuot because the holiday is linked to the Exodus from Egypt into the Promised Land, which was often referred to as "a land flowing with milk and honey."

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