Shavuot Feast of Oaths

A fragment of the Book of Jubilees from the Dead Sea Scrolls (Cave 4 at Qumran #220).In this Support Team Study, Shavuot Feast of Oaths, Nehemia Gordon looks at whether the revelation at Sinai was given on Shavuot. May Yehovah cover us with His garment and bring us into His covenant by oath!

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13 thoughts on “Shavuot Feast of Oaths

  1. Thank you for this brilliant article. In support of what you said we can look in the book of Yashar for further ‘proof’ In chapter 82:6 we read:

    ‘And in the third month from the children of Israel’s departure from Egypt, on the sixth day thereof, the Lord gave to Israel the ten commandments on Mount Sinai’.

    I am not holding the extra-biblical books on par with the Tanach, but if it supports the construct, why not use it?

  2. Thank you for this teaching Nehemia. Would love to be apart of your study group, so exciting to learn new revelation.

  3. Shalom, Nehemia!

    I have downloaded this both to my computer and MP3 player and have found parts of it to be difficult to understand the words being spoken 🙂 and I was wondering if it would be possible to get a transcription version for I appreciate your in-depth studies and like to look through the Scripture references as well. Because I do not speak biblical Hebrew it is sometimes hard to understand it when you do so the transcribed articles are more beneficial that way to myself and possibly to others out there wishing to also understand what you have said in Hebrew.

    Another query for you: would you be able to share with us how to celebrate this special chag of Yehovah’s outside of Yis’re’al where bikuriym are not available at this time of year due to being too early in the year for such produce; how would one share with other people Yehovah’s blessings? I live in a remote northern part of the States and do not quite know how to do this; doubt that I am the only person with this dilemma 🙂

    Be blessed this Chag Shavu’ot – Bikuriym as you speak here in the States and celebrate this special occasion.

  4. Thank you Nehemia. This is very good. Here is an interesting spin on why Jehovah said, “Not the covenant I made with your Fathers…” Not saying it is right, but consider it another perspective perhaps.

    Just like there is a Feast of First Fruits, there is the former rain that watered the first harvests. Also there is a latter rain that waters the latter harvests. What if the covenant Jehovah is describing is yet to be fulfilled in regards to this latter harvest?

    Jeremiah 31:27-34 describes sowing the House of Israel and the House of Judah with the “seed of man.” It describes Yehovah bringing His people back and Gentiles who want to be a part of the covenant, and making them new. It is literal but also describes this heart change, a conversion if you will that is different than what happened with the first covenant made from Sinai.

    I agree the covenants are the same, but the results seem to be dramatically different. Now with this latter renewing of the covenant the people are changed and following His Laws wholeheartedly vs. the first group of Israelites in the wilderness, who honestly, most of them gave Yehovah lip service but rebelled and had to be killed.

    Just a twist as I said. What do you think? Could not this be describing future events of Yehovah renewing Israel and whoever takes the name of Jehovah, their hearts, and renewing the Land of Israel?

  5. I never got around to hearing this in 2014, but it was worth the wait! A few years ago I was pondering the commandment to hear the teruah at Yom Teruah, and it dawned on me that one possible reason might be to tie it to Shavuot as the Feast of Oaths, when the shofar blew louder and louder. Since the sound of the shofar is sometimes tied to the teruah, at Yom Teruah, we are reminded of our oaths at Shavuot and now we are held to account, to see how we have done in holding to our oath. Thanks for this Shavuot teaching, it was terrific!

  6. With your recent teaching on Shemitah and now Shavu’ot it has caused another question to arise in my mind about the keeping of time and the date of which year we are now in. If you could, would you please explain how and why the various differences have come about and what is the year?
    I appreciate the fountain of knowledge that flows through and in you from Yehovah’s Ruach, enriching the rest of us and encouraging us to keep studying and digging to learn His truth.
    Shalom!

  7. Thank you Nehemia, really enjoyed listening to this audio and looking forward to celebrating Feasts of Oaths from now on.

  8. Thank you for this learning.

    The biblical Shavuot *cannot* occur before the Fourth Day of the Third Month – how do you interpret the chronology of Exodus 19? I interpret it to say that the revelation occurred on the third day of the month. (I am open to the possibility that Exodus 19:1 is not referring to Rosh Chodesh; but I think that is a strained reading given the “bayom hazeh” language.)

    FWIW, and as you know, two of the more prominent Karaites Yeshua Ben Yehudah (who is about as Karaite as they come) and Eliyahu Bashyatzi (who had rabbanite influences, to say the least) connected Shavuot with the Revelation. So the view is within the spectrum of Karaite thought, and even today in Karaite synagogues we read Parashat Yitro on the Ten Commandments, because of the timing connection.

    Everyone agrees that the revelation happened *around* the time of Shavuot. And everyone (for the most part) agrees the words “seven”/”week”/”oath” are connected.

    But frankly I think the fact that we have to bring references from completely unrelated verses to try to prove something that was never stated in the most relevant verses makes it very doubtful that the events occurred on the same day.

  9. Yah bless, Nehemia; About your title scripture on the email from Ez 16:8. It has been my conviction that the masorets “enhanced” the vowel points on “adoni” (my master?) to make it conform to their replacement for YHWH to lend the replacement extra credibility. Your thoughts?

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