Bring a Girl?
I'm studying in the book of 1st Kings for my quiet time these days, and I'm currently working on chapter 8, where Solomon dedicated the temple. As he chose to hold the dedication during the Feast of Tabernacles, I'm doing a bit of studying on that Feast. Using Libronix, my favorite Bible study software, I found an article on the Feast in a book called "The New Manners and Customs of the Bible." On page 118, I found this amusing quote: "The three great festivals or feasts were Passover, Pentecost, and the Feast of Tabernacles. On each of these occasions every male Israelite was commanded 'to appear before the Lord' and bring a gift offering with him: 'Three times a year all your men must appear before the LORD your God at the place he will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles. No man should appear before the LORD empty-handed. Each of you must bring a girl in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you' (Deuteronomy 16:16–17)." Hmmm. Bring a girl, eh? [Freeman and Chadwick, Rev. ed., 1998]