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 2:14
 2:15
2:14 When you bring an offering of the first grain, it should be [brought] as soon as it ripens on the stalk. Your first grain offering shall consist of fresh kernels [of barley], roasted in a perforated pan, [and then ground into] coarse meal.
Ve'im-takriv minchat bikurim l'Adonay aviv kaluy ba'esh geres karmel takriv et minchat bikureycha.
2:15 Place olive oil and frankincense on it, just like for any other meal offering.
Venatata aleyha shemen vesamta aleyha levonah minchah hi.



Commentary:

first grain
  This was the omer, mentioned in Leviticus 23:10-14 (Menachoth 68b, 84a; Yad, Temidim 7:12; Rashi).

as soon as it ripens...
  (Radak, Sherashim; Hirsch). Aviv in Hebrew. Some say that it denotes barley (Menachoth 61b; cf. Exodus 9:31), especially when it is ripe enough to be eaten (Saadia; Ibn Janach). According to others, it refers to the early grain (Rashi, Menachoth 66a, s.v. aviv). Still others maintain that it denotes grain roasted in a perforated vessel (Targum Yonathan; cf. Menachoth 66a; Yad, Tamidim 7:22).

fresh kernels
  Karmel in Hebrew. (Menachoth 84a; see Rashi, Menachoth 64b, s.v. Karmel; Yad, Temidim 7:9). These were grains that were not yet dry and hard (Menachoth 66b; Rashi; Radak, Sherashim).

of barley
  (see Yad, Temidim 7:11; see earlier notes).

roasted in...
  (Menachoth 66b; Rashi; Yad, Temidim 7:12). Kaluy in Hebrew.

and then
  (Menachoth 66b; Yad, Temidim 7:12).

ground into coarse meal
  (Rashi 66a, s.v. Ve-gerusaoth;) or 'cracked grains' (Saadia; Radak, Sherashim; Ibn Janach). This was the best grade of barley meal, equivalent to soleth made of wheat (Rashi, Menachoth 66a, s.v. Shel Gerosoth, 27a s.v. Geresh, 69b s.v. Ve-Lo; Sotah 14a).





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