The Syriac of Luke 23:54 seems to affirm an interpretation of "Sabbath Dawning". In addition, the same word seems to be used 43 times in the Syriac New Testament to mean "Dawn".
So, Why is ἐπέφωσκεν, (Dawning) interpreted completely differently in Matthew and Luke?
NASB, Luke 23:54 - It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin / dawn.
NASB / Interlinear Matthew 28:1 - Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn, (ἐπιφωσκούσῃ) toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave.
- Are there historical examples where "Sabbath Dawning" can mean : "Sunset before the Sabbath" - idiomatically?
- Are there any other examples of "Sabbath Dawning", (σάββατον ἐπέφωσκεν, Luke 23:54, Interlinear) used anywhere else - in Greek/Semitic literature?
- Or, is "Dawning" interpreted idiomatically - only to conform to Rabbinic/Pharasaic tradition ? - excluding other traditions, (Sadducees, Kairaites, etc).
Note: See also : Sabbath, Sabbaths or week? Matthew 28:1
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