Shavuot, which means “weeks,” concludes the counting of the Omer, a seven-week period that falls after Passover. The Feast of Weeks is so called because it takes place after this seven-week interim; it is also known as Pentecost, which in Greek means “Fiftieth” (i.e., the fiftieth day after Passover).

Moishe’s Musings on Pentecost: Go Power
April 26, 2013
Author: Moishe Rosen

  The following is excerpted from an archived reflection by Moishe Rosen. You can read the full article here. “[Today’s] church tends to regard its congregations and religious gatherings the way the ancient Hebrews regarded the Temple at Jerusalem—as God’s official headquarters. This inaccurate interpretation leads to ineffectual methods of evangelism. No church building or…

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So what is Pentecost-Jewish or Christian?
April 25, 2013

This year, Shavuot (the Jewish festival behind the Christian Pentecost Sunday) is May 14-15 (sundown to sundown). You can read more Jews for Jesus articles on this holiday here. Beyond that, David Brickner and Rich Robinson have written a very thorough guide to understanding this holiday and how it relates to believers in Jesus. Christ…

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The Day Pentecost Was Fulfilled*
May 29, 2008

This month, the Festival of Pentecost will slip past most Jews and Christians unnoticed; yet it is one of the three most important Festivals in the Old Testament and it marks a pivotal point in the history of Christianity. Allow me to transport you back to that event, and to the day when this festival…

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Some Changes
June 1, 2006
Topics: shavuot

It’s always good to have extra prayer for staff and branch transitions and we’ve got a few coming up. Many of you know that this year’s Summer Witnessing campaign is expanded as the capstone of our Behold Your God outreach. We will have nine campaigns running simultaneously and the outreach will include all of the…

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Messianic Field Guide
June 1, 2005
Topics: shavuot

Many in the Body of Christ have shown great interest in Jewish believers in Jesus, the Jewish roots of Christianity etc. And many have come to us with their questions. While David Brickner’s three-part open letter may address some of these questions, we have been working on a more comprehensive look at the various aspects…

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Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks: is it Jewish or Christian or both?

Is Shavuot a Jewish holiday or is it the birthday of the Christian church? It’s both! Find out more about the origins and the fulfillment of this biblical holiday.

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Celebrating Shavuot With the Mishpochah
May 1, 1999
Topics: shavuot

A Bit of Background Shavuot begins on the evening of the sixth of Sivan. In Bible times, this holiday was an agricultural festival—a time for our people to present the firstfruits of the crops to God. It was a holiday of gratitude; of giving back to the Lord that which He had given to us….

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Weak on the Feast of Weeks or Whatever Happened to Shavuot?
January 1, 1995
Author: Rich Robinson

The meaning behind Shavuot, an overlooked-but-major Jewish holiday and its fulfillment.

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Shavuot Customs
Topics: shavuot

It is customary to read the Ten Commandments in the synagogue in keeping with the tradition of linking Shavuot to the Giving of the Law. We read the book of Ruth at Shavuot for three reasons. The setting of Ruth is the harvest. She became a follower of the God of Israel, just as Israel…

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Go Power
May 1, 1985
Topics: shavuot
Author: Moishe Rosen

A 1975 publication that shook up mission leaders by its very title was James Engel’s What’s Gone Wrong With the Harvest? The book exposed the fact that despite all the effort and energy put into the church’s mission of evangelism, the harvest of souls” has been sparse. We could discuss the lack of manpower, or…

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Street Dialogue
May 1, 1979
Topics: shavuot
Author: Keith Warwick

"I would like to see you guys in action," commented Michael M., a Jewish man in his forties. I had been distributing broadsides on a busy corner in New York City , but I briefly stepped out of the flow of pedestrian traffic and began a dialogue with him. Mr. M. told me that he…

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