Ex 12:18 'In the first [month,] on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening.
Ex 12:19 'Seven days there shall be no leaven found in your houses...
I have read and re-read this verse countless times, but struggle with a fundamental problem. If Unleavened Bread is to be eaten for 7-days, why does it explicitly outline a time-period greater than 7-days?
- Day 1: 14th day of 1st month (Afternoon)
- Day 2: 15th day of 1st month
- Day 3: 16th day of 1st month
- Day 4: 17th day of 1st month
- Day 5: 18th day of 1st month
- Day 6: 19th day of 1st month
- Day 7: 20th day of 1st month
- Day 8: 21st day of 1st month (Afternoon)
Another gentleman proposed the Hebrew says 'until the 21st day'. Meaning up until the 21st. Thus, the 7-day count would begin on the 14th and end on the 20th.
However, when looking at the structure of the verse, the command concerning the 14th appears to be the same Hebrew structure as the end of the verse concerning the 21st.
Is there anyone who can dissect the Hebrew to provide some illumination on this matter?