John 10:22
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English Standard Version
At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter,

King James Bible
And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.

American Standard Version
And it was the feast of the dedication at Jerusalem:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And it was the feast of the dedication at Jerusalem: and it was winter.

English Revised Version
And it was the feast of the dedication at Jerusalem: it was winter;

Webster's Bible Translation
And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.

Weymouth New Testament
The Dedication Festival came on in Jerusalem. It was winter,

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Vincent's Word Studies

Feast of the dedication (ἐγκαίνια)

Only here in the New Testament. The word signifies renewal, from καινός, new, fresh. Josephus calls it φῶτα, lights. It was instituted by Judas Maccabaeus (b.c. 164), in memory of the cleansing of the temple from the pollutions of Antiochus Epiphanes. The victorious Jews, says Dean Stanley, "entered and found the scene of havoc which the Syrian occupation had left. The corridors of the priests' chambers, which encircled the temple, were torn down; the gates were in ashes, the altar was disfigured, and the whole platform was overgrown as if with a mountain jungle or forest glade. It was a heartrending spectacle. Their first impulse was to cast themselves headlong on the pavement, and blow the loud horns which accompanied all mournful as well as all joyful occasions - the tocsin as well as the chimes of the nation. Then, whilst the foreign garrison was kept at bay, the warriors first began the elaborate process of cleansing the polluted place.... For the interior of the temple everything had to be refurnished afresh - vessels, candlesticks and incense-altar, and tables and curtains. At last all was completed, and on the 25th of Chisleu (middle of December), the same day that, three years before, the profanation had occurred, the temple was rededicated.... What most lived in the recollection of the time was that the perpetual light blazed again. The golden candlestick was no longer to be had. Its place was taken by an iron chandelier, cased in wood" ("Jewish Church," pt. iii., 345, 346). According to tradition, the oil was found to have been desecrated, and only one flagon of pure oil, sealed with the High-Priest's signet, was found, sufficient to feed the candlestick for a single day. But by a miracle the flagon was replenished during eight days, until a fresh supply could be procured. The festival lasted for eight days. Lights were kindled, not only in the temple, but in every home. Pious householders lighted a lamp for every inmate of the home, and the most zealous added a light every night for every individual, so that if a house with ten inmates began with ten lights, it would end with eighty. The Jews assembled in the temple, or in the synagogues of the places where they resided, bearing branches of palm, and singing psalms of praise. No fast or mourning, on account of any calamity or bereavement, was permitted to commence during the festival.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 10:21 Others were saying, "These are not the sayings of one demon-possessed. A demon cannot open the eyes of the blind, can he?"

John 10:23 it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of Solomon.

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John 10:21
Others said, "These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"

John 10:23
and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon.

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