Hebrew month names, was [b-hebrew] Thera quote

Karl Randolph 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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