738[XTalk] Re: Re:Jubilee
- Jul 3, 1999
> -----Original Message-----At least the way it appears above, that's not the way you've drawn it.
> From: dhindley@...
> The way I understand it is as follows:
> 01,02,03, etc.
> This means each jubilee year is celebrated in the first year of
> the next jubilee.
I think that the book of Juiblees assumed a 49 year cycle. I think that
somewhere near the end of the Persian period the Jubilee was dropped as a
second fallow year. I think in Jubilees the seventh sabbatical year is the
Jubilee year. I figured out that the sabbatical years in Maccabees only
made sense if you assume the Jubilee year was dropped near the end of the
Persian period. If you assume that, then the sabbatical years in Maccabees
fit in with the sabbatical and juiblee years I had determined for the
>That is, forty-nine complete years.
> RSV Leviticus 25:8 "And you shall count
> seven weeks of years, seven times seven
> years, so that the time of the seven
> weeks of years shall be to you forty-nine
*after* the completion of the 49th year.
you shall send abroad the
> loud trumpet on the tenth day of theAlthough it says the seventh month to conform to
> seventh month; on the day of atonement
> you shall send abroad the trumpet
> throughout all your land.
the Babylonian calendar,
the Jewish New Year was in the fall, the first day of the 7th
month was the first day of the year.
The 10th day of the seventh month signalled the
end of the New Year's festivities, and the beginning of the next year.
10 And you shall
> hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaimThis is proclaimed at the *beginning* of the 50th year.
> liberty throughout the land to all its
it shall be a jubilee for you,
> when each of you shall return to hisComplete manumission of all the slaves,
> property and each of you shall return to
> his family.
no matter how long each has worked for you.
11 A jubilee shall that fiftieth
> year be to you; in it you shall neitherEveryone returns to the status quo ante.
> sow, nor reap what grows of itself, nor
> gather the grapes from the undressed
> vines. 12 For it is a jubilee; it shall be
> holy to you; you shall eat what it yields
> out of the field. 13 "In this year of jubilee
> each of you shall return to his property.
Lisbeth S. Fried
Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies
New York University
51 Washington Sq. S.
New York, NY 10012
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