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Neh 8:1

“the law of Moses.” The Hebrew is “the torah of Moses,” where “torah” is much more than “law.” The torah involves instruction in many different ways (see commentary on Prov. 1:8).

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Neh 8:17

“Jeshua the son of Nun.” This is Joshua, but the reason for the different spelling is not known.

“had not celebrated in that way.” The Hebrew reads more literally, “had not done so,” or “had not done this way” (cp. “done this,” CJB; “not celebrated like this,” CSB, NLT, cp. NIV). The Israelites had kept the Feast of Tabernacles before, but not in this way that so fully fulfilled the Law. C. F. Keil writes, “The text only states that since the days of Joshua the whole community had not so celebrated it, i.e., had not dwelt in booths. Neither do the words imply that since the days of Joshua to that time no booths at all had been made at the celebration of the feast of tabernacles, but only that this had not been done by the whole congregation. On former occasions, those who came up to Jerusalem may have regarded this precept as non-essential….” (Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament). It is also possible that the Feast of Tabernacles had lost its connection to the fact that the booths were to remind people that the Israelites lived in booths when they left Egypt, but the reading of the Law brought that into everyone’s mind and so the connection between the Exodus from Egypt and the exodus from the Babylonian Captivity made this particular annual feast especially meaningful to these Israelites (H. G. M. Williamson, Word Biblical Commentary: Ezra, Nehemiah).

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