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Pasch Tweet Definition of Pasch Like Definition of Pasch on Facebook
  1. (archaic) Easter
  2. (archaic) Passover
paschal Tweet Definition of paschal Like Definition of paschal on Facebook
  1. of, or related to Easter
Passover Tweet Definition of Passover Like Definition of Passover on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. The eight-day Jewish festival of Pesach, commemorating the biblical story of Exodus, during which the first-born sons of the Israelites were passed over while those of the Egyptians were killed.
  2. The Christian holy day generally falling on the first day of the Jewish Passover
Pentateuch Tweet Definition of Pentateuch Like Definition of Pentateuch on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. The first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, called in Hebrew Bereshit, Shemot, Vayiqra, Bemidbar, Debarim.
Pentecost Tweet Definition of Pentecost Like Definition of Pentecost on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A Jewish festival (also known as Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks) seven weeks after the feast of Firstfruits or Yom Habikkurim, originally a harvest festival but, since the destruction of the Temple, also commemorating the anniversary of the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses and the Israelites at Mount Sinai. See w:Shavuot, Wikipedia article on Shavuot for further information on, and chronology of, these feasts.
    • 1611: Bible, King James version, Acts of the Apostles 2:1 - And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
    • 1854: Walter Farquhar Hook, A Church Dictionary - The first lesson for the morning contains the law of the Jewish , or Feast of Weeks, which was a type of ours.
    • 2005: Alfred J Kolatch, A Handbook for the Jewish Home - Because Shavuot is celebrated on the fiftieth day after the advent of Passover, it has been called , a Greek word meaning "fiftieth day".
      1. The particular (Jewish) Pentecost 49 days (inclusive) after the resurrection of Jesus on the (Jewish) Day of First Fruits, when (in Christian teaching) the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles with miraculous effects including the ability to explain the Gospel intelligibly in languages they did not know; or a similar occasion since.
    • 1762: Voltaire, William Vade included in Works - He spoke either Latin or Welsh; and the Sicambri spoke the antient Teutonic. Remi, in all appearance, renewed the miracle of the : Et unusquisquis intendebat linguam suam, And each understood his own language.
    • 1786: Joseph Priestley, An History of Early Opinions Concerning Jesus Christ: Compiled from Original Writers; Proving that the Christian Church was at first Unitarian - If it be supposed that the divinity of Christ was unknown to the apostles till the day of ... we have no account of any such discovery having been made.
    • 2005: Frank J Lechner, John Boli, World Culture: Origins and Consequences - They think a new is afoot, in which the Holy Spirit brings millions the good news of salvation in the hereafter and real blessings in the here and now.
      1. Christian festival (also known as Whitsun or Whitsunday), which commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles (see above definition).
    • 1797: Richard Burn, Simon Fraser, Ecclesiastical Law - Spiritual profits, commonly called whitsun-farthings, ... offered at the time of pentecost.
    • 2005: Edward Kessler, Neil Wenborn (editors), A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations - Shavuot is linked to Passover in the same way that is linked to Easter, by a period of seven weeks.
    • 2006: Alister E McGrath?, Christianity: An Introduction - The specific event which is commemorated at is the coming of the Holy Spirit, which is described in the Acts of the Apostles.
Pesach Tweet Definition of Pesach Like Definition of Pesach on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. the Jewish festival of Passover
phylactery Tweet Definition of phylactery Like Definition of phylactery on Facebook
noun (phylacteries)
  1. Any small object worn for its magical or supernatural power; an amulet or charm.
Purim Tweet Definition of Purim Like Definition of Purim on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (context, Religion, Jewish) A Jewish festival, celebrated on the 15th day of Adar, commemorating the deliverance of the Persian Jews from a massacre.

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