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Megilloth
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“Megilloth” (Heb. mĕgillôt, “rolls, scrolls”) is a technical term referring to the five scrolls that were brought together from the 6th century a.d., each being read in the synagogue during a festival (or fast). From the 12th century the sequence was Song of Songs, for Passover; Ruth, for the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost); Lamentations, for the fast on the ninth of Av, commemorating the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians and later by the Romans; Ecclesiastes, for the Feast of Booths (Tabernacles); and Esther, for Purim (Jewish Practices 2).

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Crenshaw, James L., “Megilloth”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 22 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_M353>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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