1 Kings 12:26-33 records Jeroboam's religious "reforms." Among these were the establishment of a "festival...in imitation of the festival in Judah":

32 He stationed at Bethel the priests of the shrines that he had appointed to sacrifice to the calves that he had made. And Jeroboam established a festival on the fifteenth day of the eighth month; in imitation of the festival in Judah, he established one at Bethel, and he ascended the altar [there]. 33 On the fifteenth day of the eighth month—the month in which he had contrived of his own mind to establish a festival for the Israelites—Jeroboam ascended the altar that he had made in Bethel. As he ascended the altar to present an offering...

Commentators, such as Rashi, view Sukkot, which was to be held on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, as the imitated festival. Jeroboam's one-month shift intrigues me:

  1. Is this "imitation-Sukkot" the only festival that Israel continued to practice after the split with Judah?
  2. If not, how did this shift affect the other festivals? Were they too pushed forward by a month, resulting in an overall calendar shift (as proposed in this paper), or did Jeroboam allow them to be followed at their proper time?


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