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Julian Calendar

As the name suggests, the Julian Calendar is attributed to the Roman emperor Julius Caesar, who introduced it as a reworking of the Roman calendar in 46 BC. It quickly became the most prevalent calendar throughout Rome, most of Europe and even in European settlements in America and other parts of the world. It was used until 1582, when the Gregorian calendar of Pope Gregory XIII replaced it. Amazingly, the Berbers of North Africa and monks in the 20 monasteries on Greek’s Mount Athos still use the Julian Calendar.

A Roman calendar year prior to the Julian Calendar was 12 months and a total of 355 days. The calendar included an “intercalary month” between February and March, which added 22 or 23 days to the year. In theory, this system could be managed to align the calendar year to a solar year and with the seasons. However, those charged with making the intercalary month adjustments to the calendar were priests and politicians whose term of office was tied to a calendar year. This often resulted in an arbitrary lengthening of a year to keep a political ally in office or the refusal to lengthen a year when political adversaries were in office.

Arbitrary Calendar Decisions Lead to Widespread Confusion

Not surprisingly, the average Roman citizen had no way of ever knowing with any certainty what day it was. The situation become so bad that the years prior to the Julian Calendar reform were known as the “years of confusion.” Well aware of the problems the existing calendar was causing, Caesar brought together the best mathematicians and thinkers to figure out a solution.

Julian Calendar Addresses Problems of The Roman Calendar

The goal of re-thinking the Roman calendar was to combine the existing Roman months with the fixed length of the Egyptian calendar (12 months) and the 365.25 days to a year standard established by Greek astronomy. The new calendar would maintain its alignment with the sun, but by adding ten days to a calendar year—two in January, August and December, one in April, June, September and November, plus a leap day in February every four years—there would be no need for any calculations to reconcile the number of days in a year.

Although the Julian Calendar was a vast improvement over the previous calendar, it was not without problems. Most notably: the 365.25 days they based a year on should actually have been 365.24. It doesn’t seem like much of a difference, but it is 11 minutes per year and over the course of many years it results in the calendar falling out of sync with the astronomical seasons (equinox and solstice).

Julian Calendar Falls Out of Sync

Because the date for Easter is determined by the fixed Vernal (Spring) Equinox relative to the phase of the Moon, it was necessary for the Church to have a fixed calendrical reference for determining the date for observance of Christ’s death and resurrection. By the 1500s, the Julian calendar was 10 days behind the solar calendar and it was apparent to Pope Gregory that something had to be done. In 1582, he introduced the Gregorian calendar to address the problems caused by the Julian calendar.

The Julian Calendar vs The Biblical Calendar

Because the Julian calendar was in widespread use before the birth of Jesus, it is possible to cross-reference events using both calendars. This is of tremendous value to both scholars and believers, particularly in regards to events documented in the bible.

Concerned over whether the biblical calendar can be considered the true calendar of God or not, Don Roth used his engineering background to conduct a mathematical analysis which proves the Hebrew calendar (aka the Jewish Calculated calendar/Hebrew Calculated calendar) is perfectly synchronized with events documented in the Bible.

In a 3-DVD collection, Don provides mathematical proof for why the Hebrew calculated calendar is true to the Biblical calendar and can be considered the true calendar of God. These DVDs are being offered to anyone who wants them at no charge, other than the cost of shipping.

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