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Temple-Related Festivals in John

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The essential festivals celebrated at the temple in the first century CE reported by John, are the Passover and the festival of Dedication. The festival of Dedication is the backdrop of the story in 10:22ff. The celebrations of the Sabbath reported in Jn 5 and 7 (5:9, 10, 16, 18; 7:22-23) have a temple background, while the mentioning of the Sabbath in Jn 9, 19 and 20 (9:14, 16; 19:31; 20:1, 19) has no references to the temple in their near context. Generally, the Fourth Gospel is more focused on Passover festivals than the Synoptics are, and John is the only gospel that mentions the festival of Booths. The two main themes related to the festival of Booths are the water and the light, notions of a symbolism that may be connected to particular rites at the temple at the time of this festival.

Keywords: festival of Dedication; Fourth Gospel; John; Passover festivals; Sabbath; temple

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