Aramaic Calendars and the Question of Divination in Late Second Temple Judaism

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The main focus of this chapter is research on the proposed calendrical cycles of the Aramaic calendars from Qumran, which, it is suggested, could be used to construct a form of astrology using only the sun, the moon and the zodiac. The paper shows, using extant fragments, how these texts could function as ephemerides. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that the ideal calendars may have been intercalated in accordance with a 19-year (‘Metonic’) cycle.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnveiling the Hidden--Anticipating the Future
Subtitle of host publicationDivinatory Practices Among Jews Between Qumran and the Modern Period.
EditorsJosefina Rodríquez-Arribas, Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages65
ISBN (Electronic)9789004445703
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2021

Publication series

NamePrognostication in History


  • Dead Sea Scrolls;
  • Qumran calendars
  • Qumran calendars; lunar calendar;cryptic
  • Qumran zodiac
  • Qumran zodiac calendars
  • ancient astrology
  • Jewish astrology
  • Jewish divination
  • Second Temple Judaism


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