The feast of tabernacles (h skhnophgia). Only New Testament example of this word (skhnh, tent, phgnumi, to fasten as in Hebrews 8:2 ). Technical name of this feast ( Deuteronomy 16:13 ; Leviticus 23:34Leviticus 23:43 ). It began on the 15th of the month Tisri (end of September) and lasted seven days and finally eight days in post-exilic times ( Nehemiah 8:18 ). It was one of the chief feasts of the Jews.