"First Day of the Week" vs
"Day One of the Sabbaths" in APV

Matthew 28:1 in the New King James Version reads, “Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn…” (cf. Matt. 28:1; Mark 16:2; Luke 24:1; John 20:1, 19; Acts 20:7; 1 Cor.16:2).

The phrase, “first day of the week,” are a mistranslation of the Greek words “mia ton sabbaton,” which literally mean “day one of the Sabbaths.” This day is referred to as “day one of the Sabbaths” because it is the starting point of the seven-Sabbath count to the Feast of Weeks (Lev. 23:9-11). Leviticus 23:15-16 addresses this count: “You shall count from the next day after the Sabbath, from the day that you bring in the sheaf of the wave offering. You shall count for yourselves seven completed Sabbaths. To the next day after the seventh Sabbath you shall count fifty days. Then, you shall offer a new grain offering to יהוה.”

The starting point of the count is the day of Firstfruits, the day of the wave sheaf offering. It symbolizes the resurrection of Messiah Yeshua, which occured at sunset, immediately after the weekly Sabbath had ended. This was when the women came to the tomb, which was by coincidence on the first day of the week.

Thus, this verse is correctly translated, “Now, late on the Sabbath, as day one of the Sabbaths was drawing near….” This is how it is translated in this version.

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