Setting something apart, or marking new use or practice. The dedication of the altar of Solomon’s Temple took seven days (2Chr 7:9
). Solomon’s Temple was dedicated with a multitude of sacrifices (1Kgs 8:63
; 2Chr 7:5
). The dedication of the rebuilt wall of Jerusalem during the days of Ezra and Nehemiah was accompanied by music, song, thanksgiving offerings, and joy (Neh 12:27-45
). The pagan dedication of Nebuchadnezzar’s idol was accompanied by music and worship (Dan 3:2-5
). It appears that a dedication differed from a sanctification (or consecration) in that the community as a whole participated in the former, while the latter was performed only by those responsible for the sanctified object(s) (e.g., the priests).
9On the eighth day they held a solemn assembly; for they had observed the dedication of the altar seven days and the festival seven days.
63Solomon offered as sacrifices of well-being to the Lord twenty-two thousand oxen and one hundred twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the people of Isra ... View more
5King Solomon offered as a sacrifice twenty-two thousand oxen and one hundred twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the people dedicated the house of God.
Dedication of the City Wall
27Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites in all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem to cele ... View more
2Then King Nebuchadnezzar sent for the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the offi ... View more