This engrossing book will quickly capture your attention as you realize the excitement leading up to The Feast of Pentecost (Shavuot in Hebrew) and the richness it will bring to your understanding of both Old and New Testament references. The authors treat us to the sense of anticipation that “cannot be overstated” as their insightful account of traditions leading up to this holiday unfolds. Shavuot will lead believers in Jesus into greater understanding of the significance of the omer, the waiting period, which foreshadows our watching for His return and gives further meaning to our work of building His Kingdom. Studying the Feast of Pentecost helps us understand such New Testament references as "First Fruits" and the biblical view of Pentecost in the book of Acts. Much of what happened as recorded in the book of Acts has either direct or indirect reference to the biblical festival of Pentecost.
“Pentecost, or the Feast of Weeks, is the only festival for which God commanded such a countdown.” (Page 24)
“The theme of gratitude runs through all of Scripture, but the holidays provided a change of pace so that people would actually stop what they were doing to focus on thanking God. Passover expresses gratitude for redemption; Sukkot is about showing gratitude for God’s provision during the wilderness wanderings. Pentecost was a time to express tangible thanks for the basics of life, and to emphasize that God was the ultimate Giver.” (Page 39)
“But in ancient Israel the cycle of sowing and reaping was absolutely central to the existence of the Jewish people; it was part of the day-in, day-out rhythm of life. The Feast of Pentecost was an important juncture in that cycle of harvest. It commemorated the ending of the barley harvest and the beginning of the wheat harvest in the land.” (Pages 26–27)
“Of the three Old Testament pilgrimage holidays, Pentecost (Shavuot) stands out as the only one that the Bible does not link directly to a historical event.1 Passover (Pesach) memorializes the exodus from Egypt; Tabernacles (Sukkot) recalls the wilderness wanderings; but Shavuot is linked to the agricultural cycle2 and particularly to the harvest. As such, it is one of several firstfruits celebrations.” (Page 33)
“Feast of Pentecost, which is best known in the Bible by its Hebrew name, Hag ha-Shavuot, or the Festival of Weeks.” (Page 22)
David Brickner is the Executive Director of Jews for Jesus. He is a fifth generation Jewish believer in Jesus. It was through the ministry of Jews for Jesus in the 1970s that David rededicated his life to the Lord while a music student at Boston University. David has served as leader of the mobile evangelistic music and drama team, director of the Chicago and New York branches, and minister-at-large. He and his wife, Patti, live in San Francisco and have two children.
Rich Robinson is a Senior Researcher with Jews for Jesus in San Francisco. Raised in a Reform Jewish home, Rich came to faith in Jesus as Messiah in 1973 while attending Syracuse University. He later attained a M. Div. degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Ph. D. in Biblical Studies and Hermeneutics from Westminster Theological Seminary. He has served as a missionary and also in music ministry as a pianist and songwriter.