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There is nowhere I can see in the tanach that associates Shavuot with Matan Torah.

However, we say in the prayers on Shavuot: "Z'man Matan Toratainu" (the time of the giving of the Torah).

Whenever Shavuot is mentioned in the Torah is it associated with Bikuri'im or the Omer sacrifice.

Why is it that nowadays we have this association of Shavuot to Matan Torah, where is this association mentioned anywhere in Tanach?

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from sichosinenglish.org/books/sichos-in-english/50/39.htm#n360 -- "Furthermore, according to the Torah, there is no connection between Shavuos and the days of the month. The day on which the holiday is celebrated is determined through the Counting of the Omer." –  Menachem Jun 5 '12 at 22:22
@Menachem thank you. That seems like it could be a more "correct" answer. –  Naftali Jun 6 '12 at 12:54
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Tanakh does not give an explicit date as far as I know, but torah gets it within a few days and the gemara draws the connection.

The Gemara in masechet Shabbat (86-88a) discusses the exact date of matan torah, and the gemara's discussion of what the torah reading and the haftarah are for shavuot reflect choices which point out the commemoration of the Sinaitic revelation (Chabakuk, which Rashi connects to matan Torah, for example). Also, Shmot 19 does point to the third month (Sivan) as the zman of matan torah.

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I am asking for a Tanach source. The date for shavuot in shemot that people use is all specualtion, it gives no exact date for matan torah. –  Naftali May 29 '12 at 14:24
@Naftali It may not give an exact date, but even pure pshat of Shemot 19 takes you within a 2 or 3 days of shavuot, which as you may recall has no set date in the Torah either. –  Double AA May 29 '12 at 14:35
@Naftali why is a source in Na"Ch stronger than Gemara? –  yoel May 29 '12 at 14:56
@yoel the gemarah makes no connection of shavuot to matan torah whatsoever... –  Naftali May 29 '12 at 15:03
@yoel I'm afraid I have to disagree with you. It can be very relevant to find out which sources say what about a certain issue. If we conclude that there is no explicit connection to Shavuot in Tanach, then we have to ask either why Tanach left it out, or why Chazal conflated the two (or both)? As I mentioned above, Shavuot has no fixed date in the calendar (5, 6, or 7 Sivan) and we have a machloket in the gemara which day Mattan Torah actually happened (6 or 7 Sivan), so it is clear that the nature of the connection between the two is not straightforward and needs to be better investigated. –  Double AA May 29 '12 at 17:05
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