1975 Jubilee Year with Ark and Dove

1975 Jubilee Year with Ark and Dove

I got this pin in the Vatican gift shop, not knowing anything about its significance. In Judaism and Christianity, the concept of the Jubilee is a special year of remission of sins and universal pardon. In the Biblical Book of Leviticus, a Jubilee year is mentioned to occur every fiftieth year, in which slaves and prisoners would be freed, debts would be forgiven and the mercies of God would be particularly manifest.

In the Bible, Leviticus 25:8-13[1] states:

“‘You are to count seven weeks of years—seven times seven years, that is to say a period of seven weeks of years, forty-nine years. And on the tenth day of the seventh month you shall sound the trumpet; on the Day of Atonement you shall sound the trumpet throughout the land. You will declare this fiftieth year sacred and proclaim the liberatioin of all the in habitants of the land. This is to be a jubilee for you; each of you will return to his ancestral home, each to his own clan. This fiftieth year is to be a jubilee year for you; you will not sow, you will not harvest the ungathered corn, you will not gather from the untrimmed vine. The Jubilee is to be a holy thing to you, you will eat what comes from the fields.

‘In this year of jubilee each of you is to return to his ancestral home.’”

According to Rabbi Baruch S. Davidson (a member of the Chabad.org Ask the Rabbi team) in his answer to, “When is the next Jubilee year?”, the Jubilee year is currently not observed or commemorated. He explains that, in the 6th century BCE, the Assyrians conquered the Northern Kingdom of Israel and sent the majority of its population into exile. Those who were deported are historically known as the Ten Lost Tribes. The Jewish peoples are certain before that point in time the Jubilee was regularly observed. They also believe after the destruction of the Second Temple and the disbandment of the Sanhedrin (supreme rabbinical court), the Jubilee year was no longer marked in any form. Rabbi Baaruch also noted, biblical law indicates the Jubilee is only observed when all twelve Israelite tribes are living in Israel. (Lev 25:10 “And you shall sanctify the fiftieth year, and proclaim freedom throughout the land for all who live on it…”) These are two of many reasons, the Jubilee year is currently not observed or commemorated. However, some Israelites are of the opinion that the Jubilee is observed as long as there is a partial representation of each tribe.

In Christianity, the tradition dates to 1300, when Pope Boniface VIII convoked a holy year, following which ordinary jubilees have generally been celebrated every 25 or 50 years; with extraordinary jubilees in addition depending on need. Christian Jubilees, particularly in the Catholic tradition, generally involve pilgrimage to a sacred site, normally the city of Rome.

This pin is of the Jubilee of 1975. The next one was 2000, and then 2025 will be the next.

Location: 04-A1


[1] The Jerusalem Bible