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Term

FIRST FRUITS

Definition

The biblical term for the best as well as the earliest fruits or crops, both natural and prepared, taken from such sources as the threshing floor, the wine vat, and the oil press (Deuteronomy 18). They are specified in the law as offerings to God, and as prescribed on certain occasions such as the Passover and Pentecost (Deuteronomy 26).