Passover as a conclusion and a beginning

 Towards the understanding of the Masoretic and the Greek text of Josh 5:10-12

A short account on the celebration of the Passover and the feast of unleavened bread and roasted grain in the Book of Joshua (5:10-12) concludes the wilderness wandering of the Israelites. The association of the celebration of the first celebration in the Promised Land with the first Passover in Egypt is clear from the context. However, the association in this book is variously explained by the modern scholars. The differences between the actual Hebrew and Greek texts contribute to some extent to the different interpretation. The aim of this paper is to explain the differences between the two versions of the text, to discuss some opinion of the scholars on the subject and to propose an indicative explanation of the passage within its context.

Key words (5): Book of Joshua, Wilderness wandering, Passover, Promised Land, Septuagint.