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Bibil Identifier bibil:226781
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) On the Biblical »Hidden« Calendar
Author Nodet, Étienne
Journal Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (Volume: 124, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 583-597 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The Damascus Document claims that Israel has lost the true Biblical calendar, but a new community, called the Covenant, has been able to restore it. A Book of the division of Times (Jubilees) is cited as an authority. It displays a »solar« calendar of 52 weeks or 364 days. The year begins on a Wednesday of full moon and equinox, and the days are reckoned from the morning. This matches the Creation week and most Biblical dates, with numbered, unnamed months. However, the natural year contains ca. 365.25 days, but since nothing is said of the necessary adjustment for a perpetual system, we conclude that it was just a literary device, somewhat hidden. The Covenanters were able to restore it in awkward ways. The starting point was on Wednesday, March 23rd, 156 BCE, with equinox and full moon, an exceptional occurrence.
DOI 10.1515/zaw-2012-0041
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to Old Testament Characters or Events : Texts : Moses : Jubilees
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Qumran - Dead Sea : Texts : CD - Cairo Genizah / Damascus Document
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Calendar
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Time
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