Along with Easter (deriving from Passover), Pentecost is the only Jewish feast to have found a place in the Christian calendar. The term comes from Gk. pentēkostē, “50th [day],” which was used in Hellenistic Judaism (Tob. 2:1; 2 Macc. 12:32). The reference is to the festival on the 50th day after Passover.
Cite this pageRoloff, Jürgen, “Pentecost”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 22 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.64>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512
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