A period of twelve months, with additional periods inserted to bring the lunar year into line with the solar year. Certain calendar years have special significance. The term also denotes an indeterminate time when God will intervene to restore his people and punish his enemies.
The start of the religious yearEx 12:2The exodus from Egypt in Abib (March April) marked a new beginning in the life of God’s people. See alsoLev 23:5 pp Nu 28:16 Abib is referred to as the first month; 2Ch 35:1; Ezr 6:19
The Year of JubileeLev 25:8-10The Year of Jubilee began in the seventh month. See alsoLev 25:11-12 The Year of Jubilee is a sabbath year; Lev 25:13 Each Hebrew is to return to his family property; Lev 25:28 Land is returned to its original owner; Lev 25:40 Hebrew slaves are to be released; Lev 25:54
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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