Calendar Archive for proposed New Moon worship days according to the NT Bible Model

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

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Historical update

Late 2014 a search was undertaken using different new moon models to find the crucifixion date. 4 years were tried and a Friday date was obtained using the Waxing Crescent approach. A Friday date was also obtained with the Beginning of the Dark Phase approach. But with the weight of historical quotes supporting the Waxing Crescent, and given that we did find a Friday date using it, the safest conclusion to draw is clearly that it is the better choice of the methods.

So the results of this search were twofold. We obtained a very likely date for the crucifixion of Christ. And we determined that the most likely new moon worship day of the Bible is the waxing crescent.

From late 2011 through 2014 the NT Bible Model was used to approximate new moon worship days according to the beginning of the dark phase of the moon. From 2015 the model has been used for the waxing crescent instead.

NT Bible Model

The Bible model is a little different to the current Jewish approach.

The Jewish approach of using Molad dates and times does not correctly follow the true lunar synodic month through the year. The length of the synodic month changes through the year and the Jewish calendar does not allow for this and can actually get a little out of step. And some years it can get completely out of sync.*

The Jews are aware of these length discrepancies and readily admit them.

The NT Bible model approach uses a numerical value to follow the astronomical new moon date. As the synodic month length changes the position for the new moon worship day adjusts accordingly.

The numerical value obtained was 1 day and 12 hours from the astronomical new moon date and time. This value was tested using the Jewish calendar for the year 2011 by adding the value to the astronomical new moon date and time. For every month tried the numerical approach was successful in landing on a Jewish Rosh Chodesh date. When the Jewish calendar had two dates in the same month the numerical value was successful in landing on one of them.

Also, according to the Bible construction for a day, New Moon worship days are from sunset to sunset.

The Jewish approach of using two chodesh dates when the numerical value falls near a sunset time is here taken. At present Jerusalem times are being used but the reason for this is purely geographical, not Jewish. If the command from God was given to Moses then it is clear the location is somewhere near the region of Palestine. Using Jerusalem times should solve any problem here.
All the reasons for the above [except Jerusalem] are given in my study
The Search for Chodesh [The New Moon worship day]

* It got completely out of step in 2013. This was one of those out-of-sync years. See the PostScript section at the end of my Search page link above

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dove from Christian Art
moon pics most likely from

Isaiah 66:22, 23

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