Lev. 22:26-23:44

By Tim Hegg

Sukkot (Festival of Booths) is known by the Sages as וּני ֵתַחְמ ִ שׂ ן ָ מְז, z’man simchateinu, “the time of our rejoicing.” This comes from the commandment to rejoice at Sukkot:

‘Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before ADONAI your God for seven days. (Lev. 23:40)

The “foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook” form the Lulav with etrog, the rabbinic de ter mi nation of these four species. But how are we to rejoice before Adonai?


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Tim Hegg

President / Instructor

Tim graduated from Cedarville University in 1973 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Bible, with a minor in Philosophy. He entered Northwest Baptist Seminary (Tacoma, WA) in 1973, completing his M.Div. (summa cum laude) in 1976. He completed his Th.M. (summa cum laude) in 1978, also from NWBS. His Master’s Thesis was titled: “The Abrahamic Covenant and the Covenant of Grant in the Ancient Near East”. Tim taught Biblical Hebrew and Hebrew Exegesis for three years as an adjunct faculty member at Corban University School of Ministry when the school was located in Tacoma. Corban University School of Ministry is now in Salem, OR. Tim is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature, and has contributed papers at the annual meetings of both societies. Since 1990, Tim has served as one of the Overseers at Beit Hallel in Tacoma, WA. He and his wife, Paulette, have four children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.