Lunar Sabbath History 101



I realize that some people are not going to believe lunar Sabbaths, no matter what Historical evidence you give them or what scriptural proof you present, they are going to remain in a state of denial and reject the word of YHWH to the very end holding their traditions but here is more evidence from the Jewish people themselves, in addition to the evidence already given, that the Jewish people knew that the weekly seventh day that they are now keeping is not right and that the weeks and the seventh day of the weeks were originally by the phases of the moon.

In the 1943 Universal Jewish Encyclopedia volume 10 page 482 edited by Isaac Landman under the article “week”, written by Simon Cohen, Director of Research, it says,

“WEEK (in Hebrew shabua). The idea of the week, as a subdivision of the month, seems to have arisen in Babylonia, where each lunar month was divided into four parts, corresponding to the four phases of the moon. The first week of each month began with the new moon, so that, as the lunar month was one or two days more than four periods of seven days, these additional days were not reckoned at all. Every seventh day (sabbatum) was regarded as an unlucky day. This method of reckoning time spread westward through Syria and Palestine, and was adopted by the Israelites, probably after they settled in Palestine. With the development of the importance of the Sabbath as a day of consecration and emphasis laid upon the significant number seven, the week became more and more divorced from its lunar connection, so that by the time of the second Temple it was merely a period of seven days and no longer depended on the new moon. From Judaism the week passed over to Christianity, and through the influence of the later was generally adopted throughout the Roman empire; Islam also made use of the week for its Sabbath days.
Jews never had any special names for the days of the week, usually denoting them by ordinal numerals: first, second, third and so on.”

Although the Historical research is undeniable and is in PERFECT harmony with scripture and other Historians and Scholars who have discovered the same, I disagree with his statement that it was probably adopted by the Israelites, after they settled in Palestine. I believe the Babylonians receives it from their father Adam and it was handed down from there. The scripture also teaches Lunar Sabbaths but at least he recognizes they were keeping Lunar Weeks with a Lunar Sabbath at the end of each, (which began somewhere) up unto the second Temple, probably because of the writings of Philo, Clemet of Alexandra, etc. and who knows what all evidence and books that this Director of Research had at his disposal. At any rate his research is sound and it proves the Jews were at some point keeping Lunar weeks and went FROM the LUNAR week to the traditional week they observe today which is a 1-7 continuous cycle paying no attention to the moon.

This also supports Rabbi Max Joseph’s article under Sabbath where he admits the Sabbath is obscure and they don’t know exactly where it came in, of course he had also the knowledge that it was originally by the phases of the moon, same as this author. These other two articles by Max Josephs can be verified in the Universal Jewish Encyclopedia, volume five, edited by Isaac Landman, The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia Inc., New York, 1941, article “Holydays,” page 410. And the Universal Jewish Encyclopedia, volume nine, edited by Isaac Landman, The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia, Inc., New York, 1943, Oracle “Sabbath,” page 295.

We see that the Rabbis and Director of Research, Jewish scholars, were aware that the weeks and the Sabbath they are now keeping were not the original, as far back as 1943, and I know of another 1905 Jewish Encyclopedia that acknowledges it which I will obtain later.
If they can admit it then why can’t we?

If the Jewish Director of Research, Simon Cohen researched the seven-day week all the way back to the Babylonians and acknowledges that the Israelites received it from them, the rest would be easy because where does he think the Babylonians received it from? Where did the Babylonians get the concept of a week and the keeping of a seventh day of the week from in the first place? We know the Babylonians were direct descendants of Noah who was a direct descendants of Adam who was the created son of YHWH.

The Babylonians and Abraham who were taught by Noah and his son Shem who lived in and around the Metropolitan city Babylon. Abraham knew about the true calendar because they received it from Adam and his descendants who received it from YHWH.

If you study the above carefully you will see that the Jewish author of this article would have to believe the Hebrew children were actually Keeping Lunar Sabbaths every seventh day of the Lunar Week up until the second Temple where the Julius Caesar calendar that was introduced in 46 B.C. began to phase its way in . Of course this calendar was not readily accepted by the Jewish people and that is why you read in the Dead Sea Scrolls where they were showing where the Sabbaths and new moons would fall throughout the year on this new commercial calendar. Time and time again you see in the Dead Sea Scrolls where the scribe were saying things like the new moon is going to fall here and the Sabbath is going to fall here or a certain feast day here and that because the Sabbaths and new moons and feast days did not have a part of that Roman calendar and they were showing where they would fall throughout the year. Else they would not have to say that it falls here or there if it was already there.

Side Note! Remember these Scholars are Saturday Sabbath keepers and have no bones to pick, they are just stating facts. It does not matter to them how much Historical proof is presented or how many scriptures there are that conclusively prove that the early Israelite’s kept Lunar Sabbaths, they are NOT going to change, they are going to stay with the traditional Sabbath knowing that it does NOT square with scripture or History. How about YOU, will you also deny the Word of YHWH and follow these BLIND leaders, no matter what the evidence shows? The choice is YOURS. Brother Meyer