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New timelines from a surprising source
During development of the "Key Dates" addition to the Bible-calculator, while sifting the Genesis Flood-dates for possible meaning, there arose a wealth of patterns, hints, and alignments... supporting the surprising notion that these dates work quite harmoniously, without transcription, when plugged straight into the 4990th year before 1 AD, as defined by our modern calendar.
Naturally, this sounds beyond belief. Yet a time-chart summarizing the resulting time intervals may provide reason to explore the possibility in the following set of studies.
Not as impossible as it sounds
1. The time clues of Flood events seem to be of the form, [distance from Noah's birth]. There is insufficient basis to further assert them as [dates from a now-lost calendar of Noah's world]. These numbers-- coming from God, through Moses, to us-- may be purely for our benefit.
a. The year 1 AD, though not the birth year of Jesus, serves as an era-marker and timespan measuring point.
Correction by Astronomers Bolsters Gregorian Accuracy
Astronomers have calculated what they term a "mean tropical year" of 365.24218967 days, often rounded up to 365.2422 days.
Students of Biblical time intervals, desiring accuracy of computation, have dutifully used this precise value as one seasonal cycle in God's celestial clock. Indeed, astronomers and textbooks suggested nothing else.
Yet in recent years, scientists and scholars have awakened to the grave flaw in using mean tropical year as a multiplicand in time-date-season calculations.
The "mean tropical year" is an artificially-derived timespan not occurring in nature. It was calculated by astronomers using time values involved in seasonal points other than just the vernal equinox. These points constantly fluctuate among themselves due to: lesser-known rotational or "wobble" cycles of the earth; varying speeds the Earth takes along its elliptical orbit; and gravitational pull from the Moon and nearby planets.
If we are truly looking to the seasons to define year-length, then we should be using the vernal equinox year .
Throughout history, the astronomical event defining a new year has been the Vernal Equinox, for both agricultural and religious purposes. Astronomers measure the "vernal equinox year" at 365.2424 days-- a figure that can fluctuaute slightly, yet has been holding steady for millenia.
But what does .2424 days actually mean? No year as we know it contains "fractional days". To remove this decimal value, multiply 365.2424 by 10,000 ... and see this as 3,652,424 complete days over 10,000 years.
Our modern ("Gregorian") calendar nearly matches this pace. Over 10,000 years, this calendar sees the sun rise and set exactly 3,652,425 times. Each one of those periods of light and dark are counted and named.
One caveat: At the rate quoted above, the v-e year and calendar year may accumulate about a day's difference after this stretch of 10,000 calendar years:
3562425 days vs 3652424 days
So, did an extra day get invented? or get wiped out? No. It just means that the 10,000-year Gregorian 'odometer' will roll over to zero, some hours after the 10,000th seasonal turning point is reached. This is of trivial importance if our window of history is only 13,000 years wide. What is one day of seasonal slippage, when by comparison, there have been roughly 180 days of slippage against the "starfield"-year due to the well-known gyration of our axis?
Lesson: The Mean Tropical Year should be replaced in our thinking by the Vernal Equinox Year:
NOTE: The 722,500-day interval is unaffected by any of this. (the Gregorian calendar also counts 722,500-inclusive, and shows 4-1-33 AD as Friday.) The major import, to the reader of this book, is greater freedom to entertain the Gregorian possibilities and dayspans presented herein.
Indeed, our modern calendar can be a trusted tool for the Bible student, once the facts are known:
Problems with the "Twelve 30-day months"
Chapter 1 looks at other competing calendars, revealing the inability of each to fit the Genesis clues. The currently-taught "360-day calendar" theory receives special scrutiny [Chapter 1, Sec. 5] for its unnecessary acceptance as the only solution.
In our own modern calendar, for instance, 150-day intervals can also be formed by five-month timespans-- though curiously, this is possible solely from our own Second month (February) to the Seventh month (July).
Teachers desiring to be armed with truth should read the provided analysis of the astronomically unsound 360-day model– A theory which has heretofore mysteriously escaped detailed analysis, in spite of its demonstrable contradictions of both science and Scripture.
What to expect in this book
The first four chapters provide striking evidence-- both scientific and Biblical-- in support of a Genesis-as-literal approach, while proposing exact dates for the Flood and Creation. Other prospective dates are also put forth... for Jesus' beginning of life in the womb (Ch.3), and for the Revelation of John (Ch.10).
Chapter 5 is an easily-grasped, illustrated look at the Moon's role. Chapter 6 seeks a precise untangling of the confusing order of Flood events.
Other interesting flood- and number-related topics fill out the remaining chapters; followed by apendices containing additional support data.
The entire work is online at BibleCalculator.com/learning, together with the very research tools used to make it, allowing any computer to replicate the results.
→Chapter 1: Seeking an Actual Date for the Flood
John O'Leary / Bible-calculator email@example.com