Months (English) Month Names Sources:
World Book Encyclopedia &
Another significant change that will be made in the NJK calender is in the months of the year. The changes will be in (1) the number of months in the year (2) the number of days in each month and (3) the names of the months.
It is clear that in Bible time the months were determined, with Divine approval, by the cycle of the moon. Every "new moon" meant a new month had begun. (See e.g., Num 28:11-14 ; Isa 66:23 ; cf. Amos 8:5 ). A new moon cycle has approximately 29 ½ days in so this results in a year that is 354 days long. This of course is 11 days shorter than the solar cycle of about 365.25 days and since it is the solar cycle that affects the seasons of the year, this would mean that the seasons would come to be off over the course of some time. To make up for this difference, the Jewish calender would have an additional 13th month every 3 years or so.
In the NJK a similar calender to the Lunar calender will be implemented. It will consist of 13 months, all of 28 days (4 weeks x 7 days). Since this partition adds up to only 364 days, a stand-alone New Year’s Day will be added in the calender. This New Year’s Day will be made to coincide with the celebration of the founding of the NJK. As for leap years, every four years another stand-alone day known as the "Day of Appointments" (i.e., an Elections day) will be added to the calender for the time when new administrative officials are selected/appointed. (See here)
If the thought of a (somewhat) "lunar cycle calender" and 13 months seems odd or "cursed", demystify it with these facts.
(1) A "solar calender" with 12 months is still partitioned in "months" which was originally "moonth"-("moon period") from the full cycles of the moon. So nominally the calender is a lunar calender.
(2) The consideration of the number 13 as "unlucky" (particularly "Friday the 13th"), is ironically enough based on the scene of the Last Supper gathering of the twelve disciples and the Master which was then followed by the somber events on "Good Friday". (See here). Also: How many tribes did OT Israel have--13; the 12 tribes, plus Levi. (See in Num 2 ).
As the following list shows, the naming of most of a year’s month also has roots in paganism and mysticism.
These names would be replaced with a thematic name from a main event in the Biblical story of the Redemption of this planet, from the Creation to the Second Coming, line up, when possible, with the known or probable time when they took place. A suggested list is a follows:
This page gives a sample of the NJK's complete one-year calender.
(English) Month Names Sources:
World Book Encyclopedia &
Sources: World Book Encyclopedia & Wikipedia Encyclopedia.