My thoughts on this are simple. Gen.1:14 mentions nothing about "abib".
The luminaries (esp sun) control the crops; the crops don't control the luminaries.
If we ever get the luminaries correct, the crops will be there when needed.
The equinox determines the solar year; the next new moon is the 1st new moon OF THE YEAR, and as such determines the lunar year.
32 On that day the night decreases and amounts to nine parts, and the day to nine parts, and the night 33 is equal to the day and the year is exactly as to its days three hundred and sixty-four
I agree, and yet I disagree, Chuck, with the statement that Gen mentions nothing about Abib, thus the luminaries control the crops. It is possible to have equinox without having abib.
Yet you are correct, it is impossible to have abib without the sun giving it's warmth to grow the crops. Or, more correctly, it is impossible for this to happen without Elohim directing things the way he sees fit
However, some discomfort comes in with this, as Gen does not mention alot of things. For instance, how much clothes did Yahweh dress Adam and Hawwah in? Doesn't say, thus some people dress mighty funny trying to be modest. And again, doesn't say why Cain and Abel brought offering, whether it was commanded, or they though to it themselves. Indeed, who's idea was the 'new year' concept anyway? Is it the same now as it was from the beginning?
This isn't precisely the equinox, and the count seems superfluous.
sorry, eriqbenel, I wasn't saying I understand everything, in fact, my post is intended to show how little I do know.
I suspect many people who try to show that they know so much, in fact if they were totally honest with themselves, would not fear to show how little they really do know
I'm constantly in awe of my creator, as I can quite readily see that he is so much higher than I. In fact, the more I learn, the more I realize how little I know.
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