Bible and calendars
Bible and calendars
PREFACE BIBLE AND CALENDAR
I. PRELIMINARY NOTIONS
1. METHODOLOGY BIBLE AND CALENDAR
2. A QUITE ANCIENT NEW CALENDAR
3. ABOUT CALENDARS
4. A LUSTRUM
5. SWIFT AS THE WIND
II. REDATING JESUS' DEATH
1. DID JESUS' CRUCIFIXION ACTUALLY HAPPEN ON APRIL, 7th, 30 ?
2. RECONSTRUCTING OLD LUNAR OBSERVATIONS
3. EASTER FELL ON A SATURDAY
4. NEW YEAR WAS A SATURDAY TOO
5. THE ONLY LUNAR EXPLANATION
6. THE LONG MINISTRY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST
7. A NEW READING OF DANIEL'S PROPHECY
8. "THEY HAD BEEN REBUILDING THE TEMPLE FOR 46 YEARS..."
9. THE ROMAN POINT OF VIEW
10. EXIT PILATE - ARMY MANOEUVRES IN THE EAST
11. PAUL'S TRAVELS
12. "AND JESUS HIMSELF BEGAN TO BE ABOUT 30 YEARS OF AGE"
13. CONCLUSION
III. THE SECOND TEMPLE CALENDAR
1. WHAT CALENDAR WAS IN USE AT THE TIME
2. ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF JUBILEE YEARS
3. RECONSTRUCTING THE ANTIQUE CALENDAR
4. THE CORRECT WAY TO USE FLAVIUS JOSEPHUS
5. THE CREATION OF THE WORLD ERA
IV. CONCLUSION
V. ANNEXE
FINAL REMARKS

II. REDATING JESUS' DEATH



   

7. A NEW READING OF DANIEL'S PROPHECY




This prophecy is that "of the 70 weeks" that can be found in Daniel, 19, 24-27.

We shall develop hereafter a possible new reading of this oracular statement.

In her book Des jours de lumière9, Sylvie Chabert d'Hyères makes two very interesting remarks :
-  This excerpt is very different from the rest of Daniel's book and derives from a very ancient Hebrew source.
-  The word used for weeks, "Shavouim", is masculine instead of the usual feminine Hebrew word "Shavouot".

Hence the idea that since during those distant ages the lunations must have punctuated the time more evidently than the weeks did, the term of "Shavouim" could as well designate the lunar month.

David the psalmist already expresses this idea when he says (Psalm 103, 19) : "He appointed the moon for seasons". In Sirach (an apocryphal book) 43, 6-8 it is even more explicit : "It is from its renewal that the month gets its name."

-  In Daniel, 19, 24 it is written that : "[...] to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy."

Is not this precisely John the Baptist's vocation as it is described in the Gospels ?

-  Daniel, 9, 25 : "[...] to restore and to build Jesusalem [...] the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times."

This evokes irresistibly the conversion preaching of the Precursor, in which we sense that the end of the world psychosis has left its mark, as we have seen above.

Yet the counting remains to be studied.
-  Daniel, 9, 25 : "[...] from the going forth of the commandment [...] to the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescores and two weeks [...]".

Exactly 69 lunations can be set between August 28 - when the 15th year of Tiberius Cæsar's reign began and when John the Baptist began to preach - and March 34, when according to my guess Christ's public life began.

-  Daniel, 9, 26 : "And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself [...]"
This evokes the tragic ending of the Precursor, who came from a sacerdotal family.

-  Daniel, 9, 27 : "[...] and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease [...]"
This is another clear allusion to the Christ's Easter which happened in the middle of the month of Nisan.

The author of the Bible book "To the Hebrews" understands the book of Daniel in a similar way (He, 7, 27 - 9, 26 - 10, 18) thus confirming that the translation of "shavouim" by "week" is false and actually means lunation.
Another clue is yet to be found by sharpening the counting of the 69 lunations that equal to 2038 days.

According to Luke, 3, 1, John the Baptist began to preach by August, 20th, 28 at the earliest. There remains 133 days left of the year 28.

From January, 1st, 29 to January 1st, 34 there are 5 Julian years ; that is about 1826 days.

It gives us, concerning the year 34 :
   2038 - 1826 - 133 = 79 days.

This calculation leads us to March, 20th as the beginning of Christ's public life. According to the neomenies in chart 1, Pessah fell on March, 24th that year. And John specifies that it began "while Pessah was near".

In conclusion, let us say that this prophecy - which is usually considered as an announcement of the Messiah - agrees with what John the Baptist preached during at least 5 years if we consider, as does the author of the "Letter to the Hebrews", that Jesus Christ fulfills it.

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