Bible stories indicate crucifixion in summer


Peace Crusader and Echo of the Holy Spirit

August, a summer month in the Northern Hemisphere, is when the Holy Spirit said Jesus Christ was crucified and died.  Two stories in the Bible indicate that crucifixion happened in August and not in March or April.  They are:

1.  Cursed fig tree
Mark 11:12-14, 20-21 (see also Matthew 21:18-20) tells us the story of the fruitless figtree that Jesus cursed:
12  And on the morrow (the day following His entry to Jerusalem riding on a colt), when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:
13  And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.
14  And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever.  And his disciples heard it.
20  And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
21  And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.
22  And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

2.  Young man in linen cloth
Mark 14:50-52 tells us the story of the young man in linen cloth after the arrest of Jesus at the Garden of Gethsemani:
50  And they [the disciples] all forsook him, and fled.
51  And there followed him a certain young man, having a linen cloth cast about his naked body; and the young men laid hold on him:
52  And he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked.

I have read on 2009-07-18 that the author Desmond Stewart (1924-1981) in his book, “The Foreigner –A Search for the First Century Jesus” questioned that both these stories must have happened during summer and not during spring, in the month of Av (July/August) and not in Nisan (March/April) when the annual  Jewish Passover occurs.  He argues that the fig tree is a summer-fruiting tree and as such, is not expected to bear fruit in early spring.  He also argues that a light garment like a linen cloth the young man had on would “hardly fit the overcoat chill of early spring.”

These puzzles are solved by my discovery that the Israelites were using two kinds of calendars during the time of Jesus: a lunar calendar and a lunisolar calendar.  The lunar calendar had the Passover Festival and the Feast of the Dedication in it.  As such, the festivals were retrogressing through the seasons.  During the crucifixion of Jesus, the Passover Festival was in the month of Av.  In the lunisolar calendar, on the other hand, New Year’s Day (Tishri 1), Day of Atonement (Tishri 10), and the Feast of Tabernacles (Tishri 15-22) were fixed.  Hence, they were held in the same season every year.  Hillel II reformed the Jewish calendar and merged these two calendars as one in AD 358/359 which form remains in use until today.

File: 110-august.htm                                                        First uploaded:  2009-07-19
URL:            Last updated:  2014-07-30                                Rev. No. 2

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