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The Genesis Calendar: The Synchronistic Tradition in Genesis 1-11

The Genesis Calendar: The Synchronistic Tradition in Genesis 1-11

by Bruce K. Gardner
     
 

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Since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947, there has been a debate about the relationship of the covenanters and their library to Jerusalem's Temple, as well as speculation about the viability of their 364-day calendar (seen also in Jubilees and First Enoch). Gardner's thesis is that the calendar was viably constructed in the post exilic period by the pre

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Since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947, there has been a debate about the relationship of the covenanters and their library to Jerusalem's Temple, as well as speculation about the viability of their 364-day calendar (seen also in Jubilees and First Enoch). Gardner's thesis is that the calendar was viably constructed in the post exilic period by the pre-Hasmonean Jerusalem priesthood using Babylonian expertise, and that synchronistic schemes (one very like Qumran's Mishmarot, in combining lunar, solar and 364-day data) are deliberately concealed in the Massoretic text of the Primeval History, in the puzzling ages of the patriarchal genealogies in Genesis 5 and 11. The foreword to The Genesis Calendar is written by Prof. James C. VanderKam, Notre Dame University, Indiana, Author of The Dead Sea Scrolls Today.

Editorial Reviews

International Review Of Biblical Studies
Specialists studying ancient calendar systems and exegetes interested in Gen 11:10-26 will profit from consulting this study.
James C. VanderKam
Dr. Bruce Gardner's book should engage the serious attention of all who are interested in calendrical issues and in the interpretation of Genesis.
Heidi M. Szpek
... readers will... be rewarded by Gardner's poignant insights into the nature of ancient calendars, his unique analogies within and beyond the ancient Near East of calendrics, and the intriguing analyses of biblical passages in which he finds covert references to calendrics.
Dead Sea Discoveries - Sacha Stern
...Gardner presents us with a remarkable discovery. His work must be read by anyone interested in ancient calendars.
Booknews
While studying the Massoretic Hebrew, Samaritan Pentateuch, and Septuagint Greek texts of Genesis 1-11, Gardner (Aberdeen U., Scotland) discovered calendars long disguised as patriarchal genealogies: the family tree from Shem to Terah and Abram. He explains that the calendars are on either side of the Flood, which figures as a , cataclysm or exile, and thus comprise a Before and an After to that exile. The verse is, he argues, a Second Temple essay pleading for Jewish unity. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Dead Sea Discoveries
...Gardner presents us with a remarkable discovery. His work must be read by anyone interested in ancient calendars.
— Sacha Stern, SOAS/London School of Jewish Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761819684
Publisher:
UPA
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.68(w) x 8.66(h) x 1.04(d)

Meet the Author

Bruce K. Gardner is Honorary Research Fellow in Hebrew and Semitic Languages, Aberdeen University, Scotland, UK, and Visiting External Course Tutor in Apocalyptic, the McMaster Divinity College, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. He taught Theological Education by Extension in Lima, Peru, and maintains lively contact (in Spanish) with the Latin American world. He has also taught Foundational Theology and Philosophy in the Continuing Education Department, Aberdeen University, UK, and was Teaching Fellow in Hebrew Bible, in the Department of Divinity and Religious Studies there.

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