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5 Things You Should Know About Pentecost

5 Things You Should Know About Pentecost

1. Old Testament Roots
The city of Jerusalem. [FILE] | (Photo: Reuters)

Although a defining moment in the New Testament, the Pentecost celebration started long before the disciples had the Holy Spirit come upon them.

Pentecost was originally a harvest festival that was known as "The Feast of Weeks" or "Shavout," taking place 50 days after Passover.

"Israelites brought the first fruits of the harvest to the Temple, hence the name Hag ha'Bikkurim, the Festival of First Fruits," noted Tzippe Barrow, a Jerusalem-based producer for CBN.

"They likely brought some of the seven species with them — olives, grapes, wheat, barley, figs, dates, and pomegranates — those harvested in the spring after the winter rains."

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