Ancient Calendar Offers Glimpse Of Biblical Times

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larsa-an-ancient-sumer-cityEver wonder how the people in biblical times arranged their schedules? The answer may lie with a 4,000-year-old silt tablet recently discovered in the ruins of Larsa, an ancient Sumer city located in modern-day southern Iraq.

Larsa’s neighboring city was Ur Kasdim, mentioned in Sefer Bereishis as the birthplace of Avrohom Avinu.

The tablet, currently on display at the Bible Lands Museum in Yerushalayim, lists a schedule for one of the temples in Larsa that corresponds with eight days in the month of Shevat and includes a to-do list for a Yom Tov on the 8th day. The schedule is written in Akkadian.

“This silt tablet, which dates back to the time of Avrohom, is the only Mesopotamian text we know of to describe temple rituals stretching eight days. It also illustrates the similarities between our calendar and its Babylonian origins,” Bible Lands Museum Director Amanda Weiss said.

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{Matzav.com Israel}

2 COMMENTS

  1. Respectfully,

    The article as posted above is incomprehensible.

    First Avraham Avinu lived less than 4000 years ago.

    Second The RambaN in Parshas Noach states that Ur Kasdim is not in southern Iraq, but rather in or near Aram (syria ?). There is another Ur in Iraq but it’s not to be confused with Ur Kasdim,

    Third, what kind of ‘Yom Tov’ were the pre-Avraham Akkadians celebrating ?

    Fourth, perhaps more enlightening is the Talmud in Avodah Zara 8a, which retells the story of Adam and how, as the days shortened he became distraught and thought the world was being destroyed on account of his sin.

    ?”? ??? ???? ??? ?????? ??? ?????? ????? ??? ??? ?? ??? ????? ?????? ???? ???? ???? ????? ????? ????? ??? ??? ???? ?????? ??? ?? ????? ??? ???? ?’ ???? ?????? [??????] ???? ???? ????? ??? ???? ??? ?????? ????? ??? ????? ?? ???? ??? ??? ???? ????? ???? ????? ???? ????? ???? ???? ????? ???? ????? ??? ???? ??? ???? ??? ????? ??? ????? ??????

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