NT Bible Model
Moon Stuff
Why the New Moon worship day is Important to Christians: The Bible Month, Mentioned in the new earth, Health, Bible Prophecy, The general Christian worship day, Easter and Christmas. Work problems.

Christianity's Forgotten Day of Worship: The New Moon worship Day. Why has this day been forgotten?

Answers to Objections: Here are the answers to the general objections that people raise why Christians should not keep the New Moon worship day. This is it!

Are Christians obligated or commanded to keep the New Moon worship day?: Is there a command in the New Testament to keep the day?

TNMWD: Which One?: You may be surprised to know that there are actually quite a few different methods people use to determine the day of the new moon. If you are interested in this day chances are you are using one of these methods.

Sabbath Day or Worship Day? Is the general Bible NT New Moon worship  day a sabbath rest day? Or is it something else?

The Reason for Chodesh: The New Moon Worship Day Just why are there two worship days anyway? Why two? Isn't one enough?

The Search for Chodesh This is my search for the New Moon worship day. Just what and where is it?

Finding the historical crucifixion date: This is the groundbreaking study which actually defined the future direction of the NT Bible Model! Finding the crucifixion date using various new moon models shows which one is most likely to be correct.
See very important note below.

Chodesh Queries: Does the Sun orbit the Earth? Does the New Moon worship day start at the conjunction? Will the New Moon worship days fall on a seventh-day in the new earth? The lunar sabbath theory. Should the OT feasts be kept? And Stephen's fascinating science experiment to suspend the Earth!

The NT Bible Model: just what is it? This is our general model for determining New Moon worship days according to the Bible with a New Testament view.

The International Date Line: Keeping a worship day on a round world.

Worship Day Date Line: our proposed date line for keeping the New Moon Worship Day. Actually should work for any Bible-based worship day.

Calendar: current proposed calendar dates for the New Moon worship day using the NT Bible Model.

Calendar Archive: archive for calendar years we have constructed for the New Moon worship day using the NT Bible Model.
Stephen's Moon Information This is a compilation of interesting facts or information about the moon that I found on my walk to chodesh.

timeanddate.com Find moon phase times and sunset times for your location.

Software that perhaps may be useful:
Moonphase: Looks very nice but states error to +/- 1 day.

gSky Digest Gives moon phases plus a lot of other interesting stuff. I probably use this more for sunset times.

TRADITIONAL
Note: The New Moon Worship Day as constructed according to the NT Bible model is a little different to the general Jewish new moon day. Both in construction and reason. As an approximation, the NT Bible model should follow the waxing crescent more closely than the Jewish calendar which does not allow for the erratic travel of the moon. Nevertheless the following links should be very informative.

Calendars:
www.colelchabad.org
chabaddoublebay.org
bje.org.au

Some information:
rosh-chodesh
aish.com rosh chodesh
www.jewfaq.org Judaism 101
Interesting page showing the Jewish calendar does not exactly follow the lunar months.

Fun Stuff
Though I believe the new moon worship day is for both genders, there does appear to be some sort of strong link with women. And interestingly, the Jews take the view it is a special day, or holiday, for women! Here's some fun links that show their view:
www.torah.org.il
Rosh Chodesh - A Special Holiday for Women
www.myjewishlearning.com
Rosh Chodesh has long been considered a special holiday for women. There are a number of reasons ...
www.chabad.org
Why is Rosh Chodesh Considered a "Women's Holiday"?
Women and Rosh Chodesh
www.myjewishlearning.com
Women
It's a Girl Thing
Celebrating the new moon has special significance for women.
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org
Rosh Chodesh has long been recognized as a women's holiday.
Why do women merit a special holiday once a month?

And then there's this one...
ritualwell.org
Traditionally, the entire Song of Songs is sung during Pesach. We start practicing on Rosh Chodesh Nisan.
[that's hit it dead on!--at least for each New Moon worship day!!
And some real fun? This page also says to bring "Musical instruments: bells, drums, flutes, whistles, tambourines, sticks, scrapers, rattles, kitchen pots; large bowl of water; writing paper; empty coffee can; and matches."!!!
Not sure about the matches, but hey--this sounds like an awful lot of fun!! Stephen]

חדשׁ

the new moon, the day of the new moon, the calends of a lunar month which was a festival of the ancient Hebrews. (2) a lunar month, beginning at the new moon.
William Gesenius' Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament. Edited by Francis Brown, S.R.Driver, and Charles A. Briggs.

new moon, month. 1. new moon = day, time, of new moon, as religious festival. 2. month (as beginning with new moon, lunar month; …
Gesenius' Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon to the Old Testament Scriptures.

2320. chodesh, kho'-desh; from 2318; the new moon; by impl. a month:--month(-ly), new moon.
Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible.

The length of the lunar synodic month changes through the year and the Jewish calendar does not allow for this and actually gets a little out of step. In fact, it got completely out of step in 2013.*

Anyway, the Jews are aware of these length discrepancies and readily admit them:

JUDAISM 101
The Jewish Calendar: A Closer Look
Note that the calculated molad does not necessarily correspond precisely to the astronomical new moon. The length of time from one astronomical new moon to the next varies somewhat because of the eccentric orbits of the Earth and Moon; however, the moladot of Rabbi Hillel's calendar are set using a fixed average length of time: 29 days, 12 hours, and 793 "parts" (or in Hebrew, chalakim). The amount of time is commonly written in an abbreviated form: 29d 12h 793p.
http://www.jewfaq.org/calendr2.htm

The NT Bible Model does not have this problem. The NT Bible model approach uses a numerical value to follow the astronomical new moon date. As the synodic month length changes through the year the position for the new moon worship day adjusts accordingly.

* See the PostScript section at the end of my Search page.

A very important note

An historical search for the crucifixion date has revealed that only the waxing crescent approach was successful in landing on a Friday. 3 years were tried that should be reasonably close given Daniel's prophecy for the time of the Messiah's death: AD 30, 31, or 32. We couldn't find a Friday date using the beginning of the dark phase of the moon for the Biblical new moon worship day.

Note: we also looked at AD 33 with similar results.

This Biblical date approach is something I tried a few years ago with little success. This time it worked. This search was successful and one of the new moon approaches did indeed supply a reasonable date for the crucifixion. And this result showed just which new moon worship day was most likely to be the correct new moon worship day of the Bible. The waxing crescent won.


Bible texts:
Revised Standard Version, unless otherwise referenced;
Complete Jewish Bible
Good News Bible
English Standard Version

Pics:
Old Testament pic from
http://clipart.christiansunite.com/
lion from
http://aplaceforyou.typepad.com/
leopard from
http://blog.goo.ne.jp/
dove from Christian Art
moon pics most likely from
www.nasa.gov

Other links:
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Stephen Robert Buckley
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Last revised: 11 Oct 2016.