Annie's "Shofar & Trumpet" Page

"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown,
and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria,
and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship
the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem."
~Isaiah 27:13~

What is a shofar?

Here is what Webster's Dictionary says: shofar n : an ancient musical horn made from the horn of a ram; used in ancient times by the Israelites to sound a warning or a summons; used in synagogues today on solemn occasions [syn: {shophar}]

The oldest horn in continual use is the ancient Hebrew shofar, made from a curved ram's horn. This instrument dates back about 6,000 years and is still used in Jewish religious services. ~Source: World Book Encyclopedia~

One of the most important customs of the Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) service in the synagogue is the blowing of the shofar (ram's horn). This is done because the Bible proclaims New Year's Day as "The Day of Sounding the Shofar." It is difficult to maintain the same sound on the instrument at all times. It must be held at an angle to the lips, with its mouth pointed upward and extended to the right. ~Source Encarta Encyclopedia~

Shofar, musical instrument developed by the ancient Hebrews and consisting of an
antelope's or ram's horn, with the smaller end flattened to form a mouthpiece. The
shofar normally can produce only two tones; thus, as a purely musical instrument, it is
very limited. In ancient times it was used as a signaling instrument in various cultic
ceremonies and rituals, most notably in religious rites conducted in the Temple.
The shofar is still used by Jews in the rituals celebrating
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. ~Source Encarta Encyclopedia~

What is the difference between the TRUMPET & the SHOFAR?

"Blessed is the people that knows the trumpet sound because,
O Lord, they shall walk in the light of your countenance."
~Psalms 89:16~

Here is what Webster's Dictionary says: trumpet n : a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone; has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves [syn: {cornet}, {horn}] v 1: proclaim on, or as if on, a trumpet; "Liberals like to trumpet their opposition to the death penalty" 2: play or blow on the trumpet

The SHOFAR is a "trumpet" made of ram's horn. See Joshua 6:4-6,8,13

"The shofar is a horn made of the horn of a ram. Shofars have been used since ancient times to call Israelis to battle, worship, and celebration."
~From Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia~

Shofar Scents - How to clean a Shofar by "Ask the Rabbi"
Know When to Blow the Shofar by "Ask the Rabbi"

"Shophar (in English, shofar), a trumpet made from a ram's horn; traditionally blown in the synagogue, at Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year festival."
~From Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia Deluxe~

"The trumpet can be found in antiquity and among all primitive civilizations. Early trumpets were tubes made of wood, bamboo, or gourd. In ancient Egypt trumpet like instruments were made of silver, and ancient Greek instruments of ivory still exist. The modern trumpet began to evolve around 1300 with the introduction of a metal instrument with a wide flared bell and short cylindrical bore. The trumpet's sound is produced by a forceful stream of air through the player's lips cupped in a mouthpiece, thus creating a vibrating column of air." ~From Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia Deluxe~

There are 60 verses with the word "TRUMPET" in them.
There are 0 verses with the word
"SHOFAR" in them.
Nave's Topical Bible has a page about the TRUMPET.
Torrey's Topical Textbook has a page about the TRUMPET.

What is the blowing of the trumpet suppose to remind us of?

1. The Creator
2. The Duty to return
3. The revelation on Mount Sinai
4. The exhortation of the prophets
5. The destruction of the Temple
6. The Binding of Isaac for sacrifice
7. Imminent danger
8. The Day of Judgement
9. The redemption of Israel
10.The resurrection

~Source: The Encyclopedia Judaica~

Shofar Links:
To learn more about the Shofar visit:
The Meaning of the Shofar
News Article -
Shofar, so good: Students, adults craft rams' horns to signal 'the sound of the spirit'

Easton's Bible Dictionary tells us about:
were of a great variety of forms, and were made of divers materials. Some were made of silver (Num. 10:2), and were used only by the priests in announcing the approach of festivals and in giving signals of war. Some were also made of rams' horns (Josh. 6:8). They were blown at special festivals, and to herald the arrival of special seasons (Lev. 23:24; 25:9; 1 Chr. 15:24; 2 Chr. 29:27; Ps. 81:3; 98:6).

"Trumpets" are among the symbols used in the Book of Revelation (Rev. 1:10; 8:2).

Other Related Pages by Annie:

Annie's Feasts of the Bible Page
Annie's List of Feasts of the Bible Pages
Annie's "Jewish Calendar Dates for 5762" Page

The time is so very short. Remember that we are to be found faithful and watching for the Lord's return. Seek the Lord while He may be found. Continue to pray and read the scriptures. God still speaks to us today. Listen for His still small voice.

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