Please look at my calendar book on http://www.KeepersOfTheWay.org if you want to see why Mr. Wright is simply incorrect because he started with his premise and then looked for a way to justify. Mr. Wright’s premise is that the conjunction has anything to do with the observed calendar and it simply does not have any direct relationship. Mr. Wrigth does not choose to mention that the from one conjunction to another can be just more than 29 days or just less than 30 24-hour days, depending on the two elliptical orbits, that of the earth around the sun and the moon’s around the earth.
For James Rudd: Thank you for leaving a comment, James. I certainly believe that the Church of God community needs a better education on both the calculated Hebrew Calendar (Jewish calendar) and the lunar cycle. I did indeed download your book. It looks very impressive, at first glance. Although it is well over 400 pages, may I make a suggestion? You only scratched the surface on deception within the calendar papers. May I suggest that you look at “The Art of Deceptive Writing” that is posted on this website? It is posted a little below this “Five Moons…” paper. I couldn’t find any of the “contextomy” deception examples, in your book, but I have only scanned through it. “Contextomy” is a completely new level of deception that is difficult to detect. Feel free to use any of that information.
You commented, “Mr. Wright is simply incorrect because he started with his premise and then looked for a way to justify. Mr. Wright’s premise is that the conjunction has anything to do with the observed calendar and it simply does not have any direct relationship.” I actually believe we are in complete agreement!
I’m not sure how you missed this, but in the very first readable paragraph (Preface) of my document, titled, “Five Moon Days and the Hebrew Calendar Monthly Beginnings,” I explained that the premise you are referring actually IS false—as you state! That paragraph is below.
“Those who have a passing knowledge of the calculated ‘Hebrew Calendar’ believe that it is a ‘lunar’ calendar. In other words, an elementary knowledge assumes that the beginning of a ‘Hebrew Calendar’ month begins with a new moon. Doctrines of the Church of God community are based on this premise, articles are written on this premise, and sermons are presented on this premise. This premise is false!”
This “Five Moons…” paper doesn’t stop with just the conjunction. The calculated calendar is NOT tied to the lunar conjunction (astronomical new moon), the first visible crescent new moon, or even the molad (Traditional Molad). In fact, the moon could change its orbit time to 40 days per lunar month, or spin off into outer space, and the calculated Hebrew Calendar would continue as it has, with 29 or 30 days per month. In the strictest sense, the calendar of today has nothing to do with the moon.
My goal with this paper was to show the widest range of lunar events, in which the first day of the calendar month may actually fall—five different days within the lunar cycle. This dispels past premises that I once had about this calendar. I try to address specific aspects of calendar issues in smaller papers, instead of one large book. I find that readers are more likely to read smaller papers. The downside of smaller papers is that it is difficult to branch out into details that may lead away from the specific goals. My goals are geared more toward eliminating false premises rather than working from an established premise.
For instance, I am well aware that from one lunar conjunction to the next varies from about 29.26 to 29.80 days in length. These types of “finer details” are listed in the paper also posted on this site, titled, “DEMYSTIFYING The Calculated Hebrew Calendar.” I agree with James Rudd on all of his points. This is probably a simple case of misunderstanding.
Dr. Reid Wright
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