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The major Jewish spring festival which commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage, lasting seven or eight days from the 15th day of Nisan. The name comes from pass over ‘pass without touching’, with reference to the biblical story in Exodus 12 of how the Israelites escaped by marking their doorposts with the blood of a lamb, when the plague which destroyed their firstborn fell on the Egyptians.

Subjects: Biblical Studies.

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