Universal History: The Christian Continuation of Hanukkah | with Richard Rohlin

In this episode of the universal history series Richard Rohlin and I build on our previous discussion about Groundhog Day and its connection to the Orthodox feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple, which is actually one of four winter feasts (The Entrance of the Theotokos to the Temple, the Nativity, Theophany and finally the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple). Together these four celebrations are a continuation of the Jewish feast of Hanukkah. This episode is all about their surrounding symbolism, liturgy, iconography and how they tie into the astronomical year.

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00:00:00 – Coming up next…
00:00:18 – Intro music
00:00:45 – The 4 major winter feasts & Hanukkah (start)
00:01:15 – The year cycle
00:02:35 – Ven. Bede and the heavenly bodies
00:07:38 – Meaning in the yearly cycle is inevitable
00:09:25 – 4 winter festivals of light & Hanukkah
00:12:38 – The origin of Hanukkah: the restoration of the temple
00:16:23 – The names of the 4 feasts
00:18:37 – The Entrance of the Theotokos to the Temple, the ark
00:27:32 – The Nativity
00:36:27 – How to think about these feasts. Paradise restored.
00:42:27 – Theophany
00:46:53 – Hunnukah & the restoration of the temple
00:48:57 – The Meeting of the Lord and the Eucharist
00:56:13 – Summary
00:59:30 – Conclusions
01:01:34 – Outro


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