NT Bible Model:
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The following table gives proposed New Moon worship days using the NT Bible model approximating the waxing crescent approach:
NT Bible Model: Add 1 day 12 hrs to Astronomical New Moon time. Adjust for sunset.
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.
The Jewish approach of using Molad dates and times does not strictly 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 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.
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.
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