Unleavened Bread, Festival of

Unleavened Bread, Festival of (Also called the Festival of Mazzoth, from Heb. matsôt, “unleavened bread”)

Originally an agricultural festival marking the beginning of harvest; it was celebrated for seven days beginning on the fifteenth day of the month Abib (Nisan, March/April; Exod 23:15; Exod 34:18-20). It was later combined with the Passover (Exod 12:1-20; Ezek 45:21-24; Matt 26:17; Luke 22:1).

Exod 23:15

15You shall observe the festival of unleavened bread; as I commanded you, you shall eat unleavened bread for seven days at the appointed time in the month of Ab ... View more

Exod 34:18-20

18You shall keep the festival of unleavened bread. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month of Abib; fo ... View more

Exod 12:1-20

The First Passover Instituted
1The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt:2This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the fir ... View more

Ezek 45:21-24

21In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, you shall celebrate the festival of the passover, and for seven days unleavened bread shall be eaten.2 ... View more

Matt 26:17

The Passover with the Disciples
17On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where do you want us to make the preparations for y ... View more

Luke 22:1

The Plot to Kill Jesus
1Now the festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was near.

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