Joe Baker
Re: Egyptian Leap Year
Wed Dec 5, 2018 00:58
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Hi Marianne

So now that you have found an Egyptian day 1 psḏntyw festival, do you still hold that the celebration mentioned at Megiddo was a purely Canaanite celebration? If so bear in mind that, from what we know about the Canaanites, their emphasis was on the evening sighting of new crescent (ḫd) not the dawn non-sighting of the old crescent. Normally one might expect that, in the Egyptian calendar, the earliest (and most common) sighting of the new crescent would occur on the evening of Egyptian day 2, a day that began with the morning and which the Egyptians called tp ꜣbd, the head of the month (new crescent. (If not sighted on this evening it would be seen on the evening of Egyptian day 3 which they called mspr, arrival).

So if your interpretation is correct than the phrase refers to an otherwise unknown Canaanite festival that contradicts what we know about the calendar of the Canaanites.

Regards Joe


  • Re: Egyptian Leap YearMarianne Luban, Mon Dec 3 11:05
    I accidentally found proof that the Egyptians commemorated a "Hb n psDntiw" at home--although I still have no idea why other than it was the sign of a new month. This was while I was studying the... more
    • Re: Egyptian Leap Year — Joe Baker, Wed Dec 5 00:58
      • Re: Egyptian Leap YearMarianne Luban, Wed Dec 5 16:13
        Joe Baker: "So now that you have found an Egyptian day 1 psḏntyw festival, do you still hold that the celebration mentioned at Megiddo was a purely Canaanite celebration? If so bear in mind... more
        • Re: Egyptian Leap YearMarianne Luban, Wed Dec 5 16:19
          Actually, to be more precise, (ḫd) means "month"--the course of the phases of the moon.
          • ḥdJoe Baker, Mon Jan 7 06:44
            Hi Marianne Actually, to be more precise, (ḫd) means "month"--the course of the phases of the moon The normal Semitic word for month derives from the root wrḫ , hence Akkadian... more
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