The Anniversary of the Church

The Jewish holiday of Shavuot begins this evening at sundown and lasts until sundown tomorrow. The Bible calls this day the Feast of Harvest (Exodus 23), the Feast of Weeks (Exodus 34) and the Feast of Firstfruits (Leviticus 23) The New Testament uses the Greek term Pentecost.

It was on this day that the first ‘harvest’ of the Gospel came in. Acts 2 describes how the Apostles’ teaching in the Temple area resulted in 3,000 baptisms.

The Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. The Jewish temple in the 1st century stood on or near the site of this building. Photo by Luke Chandler.

The Pentecost lesson in Acts 2 was preached in courtyards surrounding the Temple, such as the one shown here. Photo by Luke Chandler.

Tomorrow marks an important anniversary day for Christians, though few of us tend to realize it each year. Shavuot/Pentecost is not the most famous day on our calendars, but it’s a biggie.

About LukeChandler

Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister with the North Terrace Church of Christ and has participated in multiple archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke leads popular study tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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1 Response to The Anniversary of the Church

  1. Beautiful pictures of the holy land!

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