Abib: An ear of corn, the month of newly-ripened grain
(Exodus 13:4; 23:15) the
first of the Jewish ecclesiastical year, and the seventh of the civil
year. It began about the time of the vernal equinox, on 21 March.
It was called Nisan, after the Captivity
(Nehemiah 2:1) On the fifteenth day
of the month, harvest was begun by gathering a sheaf of barley, which
was offered unto the Lord on the sixteenth