Hebrew month names, was [b-hebrew] Thera quote
kwrandolph at email.com
Sun Aug 29 21:05:32 EDT 2004
True, the only month I’ve found named in Torah was )BYB [Exodus 13:4, 23:15, 34:18 Leviticus 2:14 Deuteronomy 16:1 ]. However, the month of ZW was mentioned in 1 Kings 6:1, )TNYM in 1 Kings 8:2 and BWL in 1 Kings 6:28 showing that the Hebrew months had names that were forgotten during the Babylonian Exile. That they were named shows that the names were in use.
Karl W. Randolph.
----- Original Message -----
From: MarianneLuban at aol.com
> In a message dated 8/27/2004 2:09:29 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> kwrandolph at email.com writes:
> > What did Josephus know about the Hebrew calandar? We have indication that
> > it had ceased to be used 500 years before Josephus. Even in Tanakh, the
> > post-exilic writings named the months according to Aramaic names, indicating that
> > the Hebrew calandar was already then not being used, let alone centuries
> > later. That will also explain why for your claim that most historical mentions of
> > Hebrew religious feasts don’t coincide with the first and seventh months.
> This is easily answered. The Torah does not mention any months by
> names--only numbers, just as the ancient Egyptians did until quite late. However,
> Josephus can have known that the month once known by a number came to be called
> "Pharmouti" and the new calendar of the Hebrews, which was both a lunar and a
> solar one, had a month with a number that later came to be called "Nisan".
> "Aviv" perhaps refers to the spring soltice, although I have nothing firm to say
> about that subject.
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