Shavuot

I wonder if Jesus, assuming he really existed, meant for all the special days he celebrated to get turned into something else. I can understand why his apostles might have forgotten about Passover, given that he died the day after and then came back to life. But apparently they were still counting the omer 49 days after Passover, because there they were celebrating Shavuot when those tongues of fire appeared over their heads and all of a sudden it was Pentecost.

I’m not sure I get it. If they’d really seen Jesus along with his body going up into the sky, why were they celebrating the giving of the Torah just ten days later? And what happened the next year? Did they finally stop counting?

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3 Responses to Shavuot

  1. Pingback: Pentecost « Celebrating Time

  2. I just know from 20 years of NT studying with my liberal UCC Church that at least for the first century after his death it was generally believed that you HAD to become a Jew first – had to get circumcised and everything – to then become a member of this new religion. The people who believed this were called Judaizers. They eventually lost to the guys who said Oh you can come from any faith tradition.

    How had it would be to just abandon the comforting rituals of your people? There’s that too I guess!

    • celebratingtime says:

      That’s really interesting. I never knew that! I guess that’s what happens when one tries to write about religion when one has abandoned it for forty years!

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