Sukkot in the Bible: A Quick Survey

Sukkot, a.k.a., the Feast of Tabernacles or Booths, is near, starting on Wednesday night, September 22, 2010. If you are a regular Sukkot celebrant, you may be surprised at how much the Bible has to say about this Feast of Feasts. If you are a Christian wanting to delve into Israel’s calendar and the Jewish context of your faith, you might start with my book by LifeWay called Feast, which you can find here at or

Exodus 23:16
A festival after the ingathering.

Deuteronomy 16:13-15
A festival in booths,
held with nothing but joy,
shared with Levites, strangers, orphans, and widows.

Deuteronomy 16:16-17
A pilgrim festival,
do not come empty-handed.

Leviticus 23:33-36
A sacred occasion,
a Shabbat.

Leviticus 23:39-44
Branches and fruit: the four species,
seven days in booths,
a memorial of the exodus and wilderness.

Deuteronomy 31:9-13
Reading Torah every seventh year.

1 Kings 8:1-5; 2 Chronicles 7:8-10
Solomon and the dedication of the Temple.

1 Kings 12:25-27, 32-33
Jeroboam’s substitute feast.

Ezra 3:1-5
The returned exiles and Sukkot.

Nehemiah 7:73 – 8:3, 13-18
Ezra reforms and reconstitutes Sukkot.

Zechariah 14:16-19
The Gentiles in the Messianic Age at Sukkot.

John 7-8
Yeshua at the Feast of Tabernacles.
Note in particular 7:37-39 in which Yeshua’s words are directly related to the water ceremony of Sukkot from the Second Temple period. Note also 8:12, which is perhaps related to the large menorahs placed out in the Temple courts during Sukkot.


About Derek Leman

IT guy working in the associations industry. Formerly a congregational rabbi. Dad of 8. Nerd.
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