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Originally posted by rapunzel222
reply to post by waynedg
whats it about?
have you read gods of eden by william bramley?
Originally posted by deathhawk21
simple answer, the older stories of the bible are NOT fact, but stories. true they are based on real people and events, but much symbolism is used. the massive ages of the leading figures of religion is just a symbol for wisdom. old people=wiser people, maybe not in today's society, but back then thats how it was. even if biblical figures actually did live that long, it was most likely due to simplicity of living, exercise, healthy conditions, etc etc. [
Biblical references to the pre-Jewish calendar include ten months identified by number rather than by name. In parts of the Torah portion Noach (Noah) (specifically, Gen 7:11, Gen 8:4-5, Gen 8:13-14) it is implied that the months are thirty days long. There is no indication as to the total number of months in the annual cycle.
In the parts of the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible) prior to the Babylonian exile, only four months are named: Aviv (Exodus 13:4, 23:15, 34:18, Deut. 16:1) (first; literally "spring", which originally probably meant "the ripening of barley"); Ziv (1 Kings 6:1, 6:37) (second; literally "light"); Ethanim (1 Kings 8:2) (seventh; literally "strong" in plural, perhaps referring to strong rains); and Bul (1 Kings 6:38) (eighth). All of these are Canaanite names, and at least two are Phoenician (Northern Canaanite).
According to the Book of Exodus, the first commandment the Jewish people received as a nation was to determine the new moon: Exodus 12:2 states, "This month [Nisan] is for you the first of months." Deut 16:1 refers to a specific month: "Observe the month of Aviv (HE: spring), and keep the passover unto the LORD thy God; for in the month of Aviv the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night."
During the Babylonian exile, which started in 586 BCE, Jews adopted Babylonian names for the months, which are still in use. The Babylonian calendar also used a lunisolar calendar, derived from the Sumerian calendar, which was not dissimilar in structure from the Hebrew one.
Hebrew names and romanized transliteration may somewhat differ, as they do for חשוון / Marheshvan or כסלו / Kislev: the Hebrew words shown here are those commonly indicated e.g. in newspapers. The Syrian calendar used in the Levant countries shares many of the same names for months as the Hebrew calendar, such as Nisan, Iyyar, Tammuz, Ab, Elul, Tishri, and Adar.
Originally posted by JBA2848
Well based on the ages in the old testament the calender used at that time for ages in life span was from a lunar calender.
Adam 930 years Lunar calender
Adam 77.5 years Solar calender
Methuselah 969 years Lunar calender
Methuselah 80.75 years Solar calender
When God spoke and said no man shall live past 120 years of age it was a change from counting a lunar year of full moon to full moon or 30 days. To the calender that we have today of 365 days in a year.
[edit on 6-9-2009 by JBA2848]
The Jewish calendar is a lunisolar calendar, or "fixed lunar year," based on twelve lunar months of twenty-nine or thirty days, with an intercalary lunar month added seven times every nineteen years (once every two to three years) to synchronize the twelve lunar cycles with the slightly longer solar year. Each Jewish lunar month starts with the new moon. Although originally the new lunar crescent had to be observed and certified by witnesses, the timing of the new moon is now determined mathematically.