[b-hebrew] The month of Aviv

Yigal Levin Yigal-Levin at utc.edu
Mon Apr 28 12:35:57 EDT 2003

As the Hebrew/Babylonian month of Nisan draws to a close, I have a question
- does anyone out there know when and how the word "Aviv" (or "Abib" for
transliteration purists), which originally meant "ripened wheat", came to
be the name of a month (e.g. Ex. 23:15), and even more, when, presumably in
post-biblical Hebrew, it became the name of the spring season, which is its
use in modern Hebrew?

Or, perhaps, does "Xode$ Ha'Aviv" not mean "the month of Aviv", but rather
a discriptive "the month during which the wheat ripens"?

Just for thought.

Dr. Yigal Levin
Dept. of Philosophy and Religion
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga TN 37403-2598

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