Saturday, December 11, 2004

Happy Hanukkah

Happy 4th night of Hanukkah! Yes, we are Christians and not a bit Jewish, but we celebrate Hanukkah. Jesus observed Hanukkah. What? You say you didn't know that? You must have missed that day in Sunday School. Well, here it is again for those who were asleep: John 10:22-23: "At that time the Feast of the Dedication [in Hebrew, Hanukkah] took place at Jerusalem; it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of Solomon." So Jesus, who didn't live in Jerusalem and pretty much only went there for fasts and feasts, went there for Hanukkah and hung out at the temple, the dedication of which is the thing being celebrated.

Ironic, isn't it, that the quintessential Jewish holiday is mentioned in the New Testament but not in the Old Testament/Tenach?

A related link: It's Chrismukkah. I'm not sure whether it's cute or appalling.

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