The Date of Purim and Calendars in the Book of Esther

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Abstract

The paper suggests that The Book of Esther contains astronomical and chronological information associated with the reign of Artaxerxes II. It further investigates a play on dates concerning an intercalary 12th Hebrew month and the eve of Passover, and possible mathematical references to Ancient Near Eastern and Jewish calendars.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-118
Number of pages5
JournalArchaeologia Baltica
Volume10
Issue numberSpecial
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Purim; Esther; Calendars; Artaxerxes; Adar; Passover; Hebrew month

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