[B-Greek] Clarification Regarding HEBDOMATICAN
glenn_moore44 at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 8 18:58:49 EST 2007
In a recent response, someone suggested that my "question" is in regard to why it is that "Josephus uses HEBDOMON everywhere else when describing the "seventh" year sabbath." He is correct. Actually, Josephus only uses this word twice in his writings to refer to the "sabbatical year." I believe that over 25 times Josephus uses the word "HEBDOMON" to refer to these sabbatic years. So why the different term? Yes, the LSJ say HEBDOMATICAN means "weekly." However, many other lexicons simply don't list it at all. And so it appears to be a rare word. How could we explain why Josephus uses this special "rare" word? Is there some other possible meaning? We know that HEBDOMA means seven--what about the rest of the word, what is its meaning? And is there any other text it is found in?
PS: The reason I am investigating this is because of some chronological research I am doing in the hopes of discovering the sabbatical years in the post-temple era.
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