A brief look at some of the Shavuot traditions Peter and the disciples would have kept.
It’s Shavuot this weekend, June 11-13, when Jews celebrate the giving of Torah. Originally, this was also Pentecost: see the Book of Acts, Chapter 2.
Counting the Omer between Passover and Shavuot was something that Peter and the other disciples would have been familiar with. You can learn more about this tradition in my article with video, COME, HOLY SPIRIT, COME here.
On the 50th day after Passover, the Holy Spirit desended on the disciples on the exact same day that Moses ascended Mount Sinai to receive God’s law, after God bore the Hebrew slaves away from Egypt “on eagles’ wings.”
Consider celebrating these fabulous manifestations of our loving Father in the same way that the disciples did:
- They lit candles, see here for the blessing they would have said.
- They stayed up all night to read Scripture, a tradition begun following the destruction of the Second Temple. See why here. Readings included the Book of Ruth. See my video and article, BIBLICAL RUTH: NO PASSIVE CINDERELLA.
- They ate dairy foods. Some speculative reasons for doing this appear here. Cheesecake recipes are traditional. Scroll down past what looks like yummy Zucchini Lasagne on this page for one that claims to be healthy. Sea bass with artichokes and mozzarella is less traditional, perhaps, but also appealing.
I hope you enjoy your traditional Shavuot celebrations.
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