Wave offering are peace-offerings so called, because they were waved (T'nufah in Hebrew) by the priests (Ex. 29:24, 26, 27; Lev. 7:20-34; 8:27; 9:21; 10:14, 15, etc.), in token of a solemn special presentation to God. They then became the property of the priests. The first-fruits, a sheaf of barley, offered at the feast of Pentecost (Lev. 23:17-20), and wheat-bread, the first-fruits of the second harvest, offered at the Passover (10-14), were wave-offerings.
( I believe the last paragraph above is backwards and should read: the first-fruits, a sheaf of barley, which is offered in conjection with the Feast of Unleavened Bread, directly following the Passover; and the first-fruits of the second harvest, the loaves of bread, which are offered at Pentecost, are both a wave-offering.)
- This entry incorporates text from the public domain Easton's Bible Dictionary, originally published in 1897.
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