SPECIAL TOPIC: ANCIENT NEAR EASTERN CALENDARS


Canaanite
(1 Kgs. 6:1,37-38; 8:2)
Sumerian-Babylonian
(Nippur Calendar)
Hebrew
(Geezer Calendar)
Modern Equivalents
Abib ("greenheads" of barley) Nisanu Nisan March-April
Ziv (spring brilliance) Ayaru Iyyar April-May
  Simanu Sivan May-June
  Du-uzu Tammuz June-July
  Abu Ab July-August
  Ululu Elul August-September
Ethanim (permanent water source) Teshritu Tishri September-October
Bul (rains on produce) Arah-samna Marcheshvan October-November
  Kislimu Chislev November-December
  Tebitu Tebeth December-January
  Shabatu Shebat January-February
  Adaru Adar February-March

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