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(Assyro-Babylonian, Simanu) (30 Days)
May/June (Wheat harvest, vine tending).
3rd month of the religious calendar.
9th month of the civil calendar.
Sivan 1 – New Moon
Sivan 6 – Feast of Pentecost (50 days after firstfruits)
Sivan 6, 7 – Feast of Weeks (Lev 23:15-21)
During the month of May the heat magnifies and the rain ceases for about five months. Because of the change in landscape of this hot month Jesus may have drawn His analogy "the grass withers and the flowers fade away." Also in May the harvesting begins in the plains and the lands, the spring fruits are ready, the #99C68E almonds, apricots, plums, and the vines are in blossom.
Note: In the Talmud the 6th is called the New-Year of the Two Loaves.
Sivan 3-5 – These days are referred to as "the three days of the bounds" which commemorated the three days preparation which preceded the giving of the law on Mount Sinai.
The Megillat Ta’anit gives these as fast days:
Sivan 23 - Commemorates the time when they delayed in bringing the firstfruits to Jerusalem during the reign of king Jeroboam.
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