[B-Greek] Another question about Lev. 23:11

George F Somsel gfsomsel at juno.com
Sat Nov 26 15:35:22 EST 2005

On Fri, 25 Nov 2005 13:07:52 -0500 "David Mooney" <dmooney at atmc.net>
> I have been having a discussion about the timing of the wave-sheaf in 
> Lev. 23:11 (is it Nisan 16 or after the weekly sabbath) and it 
> appears to me the KJV means after the weekly sabbath but I have 
> noticed according to Brenton's LXX and this group that the 
> wave-sheaf occurred on the morning after the first day of unleavened 
> bread. However, a couple people on the Internet claims Leviticus 
> 23:11 refers to the "morning OF the first day" meaning the first day 
> of the week. They claim "the first" is in the genitive in relation 
> to "in the morning" and the gentive implies it can be the morning of 
> the first day and not AFTER the first day. Is it possible the LXX 
> can read the "morning OF the first". If it is absolutely sure that 
> the LXX read the "morning AFTER the first" then there are a lot of 
> websites in error. Many claim that the idea of a Nisan 16 wave-sheaf 
> did not exist until the Pharisees of the first century BCE. I am 
> perplexed by this as one of my beliefs in regards to Pentecos
>  t may be proven to be in error (I have always assumed the weekly 
> sabbath was referred to, especially in the Hebrew text).
> Thanks as always,
> David Mooney
> North Carolina
> Bible Student 

I'm inclined to be of the opinion that any understanding to an OT passage
where the text is not problematic should normally be based on the MT
rather than on the Greek translation thereof.  There are ocassions when
the text is problematic in Hebrew and the Greek may provide some guidance
-- esp. since a text for some passages has been found in the DSS which
bears some resemblance to the LXX text.  In the case of this passage (1)
I see no particular difficulty with the text (2) Both the Hebrew and the
Greek agree that it is "the morning after" the day in question (i.e. the
Sabbath or the "first (day [of the feast])."  It cannot be "on the
morning of . . . "


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