One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The Jewish Feast of Tabernacles, commemorating the dwelling of the Israelites in tents during their time in the wilderness.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in The Wycliffite Bible (early version). From post-classical Latin scenopegia Feast of Tabernacles (Vetus Latina, Vulgate) from Hellenistic Greek σκηνοπηγία Feast of Tabernacles, already in ancient Greek in sense ‘setting up of tents’ from σκηνή + the stem of πηγνύναι to fix + -ία; compare -y.
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