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Dictionaries :: Banquets

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Smith's Bible Dictionary

Banquets:

among the Hebrews, were not only a means of social enjoyment, but were a part of the observance of religious festivity. At the three solemn festivals the family also had its domestic feast (Deuteronomy 16:10-11). Sacrifices, both ordinary and extraordinary (Exodus 34:15; Judges 16:23) includes a banquet. Birthday banquets are only mentioned (Genesis 40:20; Matthew 14:6). The usual time of the banquet was the evening, and to begin early was a mark of excess (Ecclesiastes 10:16; Isaiah 5:11). The most essential materials of the banqueting room, next to the viands and wine, which last was often drugged with spices (Proverbs 9:2) were perfumed unguents, garlands or loose flowers, white or brilliant robes; after these, exhibitions of music singers and dancers, riddles, jesting and merriment (Judges 14:12; 2 Samuel 19:35; Nehemiah 8:10; Ecclesiastes 10:19; Isaiah 5:12; 25:6; 28:1; Matthew 22:11; Luke 15:25). The posture at table in early times was sitting (1 Samuel 16:11; 20:5; 20:18) and the guests were ranged in order of dignity (Genesis 43:33; 1 Samuel 9:22) Words which imply the recumbent posture belong to the New Testament.

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