Feedback received concerning the Qumran Jubilee calendar has indicated that readers are so comfortable with a calendar that never varies that understanding one with additions on irregular schedules is beyond common understanding. Add the frustration of the “zero year” problem – is there, or is there not a zero year between BC and AD? – to no immediate application for the calendar and it’s just easier to forget the whole subject, unless, of course, you are trying to observe the holy days associated with ancient Israel, then things get a little interesting.
Take Passover, for instance, which is observed under the name Easter by several million people worldwide. There are at least five options as to the day it actually occurs. It may be a personal decision, but it is equally real, especially to people separated from a like-minded group.
Then there are the history buffs who simply like to know when something happened. Take the Exodus, for instance, The academic types who are supposed to know these things are spread over four centuries in the dates they propose for such a mundane event. It may have no meaning in today’s world, or it may mark the appropriate date for Easter, since it was the original event that spawned the practice of getting up before the sun to do a six-day trek into the wilderness starting at the crack of dawn. There are a lot of questions with very few answers.
Those persons with a high degree of curiosity and physical energy to pursue the subject will invariably try to answer these questions one by one across their entire life span. Welcome to the club, and take a copy of one proposed study tool as you explore this site.
That tool is a large spreadsheet that can be used in either the Microsoft Excel environment or the free LibreOffice software. Both read Adobe Acrobat .pdf files. If you are the sort of person who still uses processed logs as a study medium, the file can be printed on any standard ream of printer paper and placed in a 4 inch binder. It’s only 3 pages wide and 145 pages long, and will fit on any barn wall that is 133 feet high. Anyone who tackles that method of building a database has a serious sense of humor.
All joking aside, the file starts at 5000 BCE and runs up to 2300 AD. That covers the one thousand years before the Jubilee calendar actually starts tracking time and goes into the future sufficiently far to meet the wall of fire that is predicted to end this world’s civilization.
The objective of this exercise is to correlate the current Gregorian calendar to the ancient Jubilee calendar without the BC/AD change-over or the 240 years that have been deleted from the Babylonian calendar in current use by the Hebrews. This correlation carries the Jubilee calendar straight through from the year kingship was given to Noah’s great-grandfather on into the future that none of us alive today will see. You can subtract the 2520 years of exile from the year of 1948 [5948 AM) – 5948 – 2520 = 3428 AM, follow the row across to the Gregorian year, and come up with 572 BCE, which was a Land Sabbath year. You can also pencil in all the different dates claimed by the experts for the Exodus and see which one falls just two years after the explosive eruption of Santorini/Thera [1536 BCE] that caused the three days of darkness in Egypt without worrying about whether to factor in a zero year when crossing from AD to BC.
But the real value in this work sheet is the correct dates for the Land Sabbaths and Jubilees that have run correctly continuously since 4000 BCE without worrying about the various deletions made by the Babylonian calendar-keepers that amount to 240 years. The 200 years divided by the 50-year Jubilee cycle is no problem, but the 40 years divided by 7 yields 5.714285(repeat the fraction into infinity) instead of the 7.0 year cycle that it actually enjoys. Since we do not know the years in which the drops were made, we have no way of knowing when the Land Sabbaths occurred in those years, or whether the Land Sabbaths listed in the records were tied to the Babylonian calendar or the Jubilee calendar. There is no correlation to the Babylonian calendar in use by the Hebrews today for that reason. It’s straight-up Jubilee calendar paired with the Gregorian calendar all the way from top to bottom.
So, if you are interested in history, CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 435-PAGE TIME LINE FILE.
If you are academically inclined and want to know the nitty-gritty as to why it’s important, CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE ACADEMIC DESCRIPTION.