Being of the nature of a pilgrimage feast the booths were temporary erections for the accommodation of the pilgrims. But in early Jewish tradition, in both Yahvist and Elohist sources of the Pentateuch (Exod.
In the Elohist Book of the Covenant (Exod.
Thus in the Elohist and in Deuteronomy the date of the festival is only vaguely stated to be in the month of Abib, while in the Holiness Code and in the Priestly History the exact date is given.
So too even in the Elohist the time is appointed.
The Ephraimite or Elohist source, E), see GENESIS and BIBLE: Old Testament Criticism.