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The Scofield Bible Commentary, by Cyrus Ingerson Scofield, [1917], at

Nehemiah Chapter 8

Nehemiah 8:2

neh 8:2

seventh month

That is, October; (Neh 8:2); (Neh 8:14).

Nehemiah 8:17

neh 8:17

for since the days of Jeshua

It is not meant that there had not been some formal observance of the feast of tabernacles (cf) (Ch2 8:13); (Eze 3:4), but that the people had not dwelt in booths since Joshua's days.

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