Season after Pentecost (Proper 18 [23]): The Old Testament Passage – Getting ready for the exit

Exodus 12:1-14
“The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you.” (Exodus 12:1 – 2)

I am not enough of world historian or anthropologist to know what type of calendar ancient Egypt had. These verses seem to indicate though that it was not the beginning of the ancient Egyptian year. Because the Lord was going to do a new thing, however, this would be marked as the beginning of a new Hebrew year. Later in the history, Passover would take on a new significance. In our modern calendar, Passover comes in the spring or at least late in winter. It often seems that religious calendars and secular calendars clash over the high points and low points of the year.

In any case, change was coming, both to ancient Egypt and to the Hebrews.


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