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How Long Was a Year In Biblical Times?

How long was a year in Bible days?  For example, was Methuselah really 969 years old as in 365 days times 969, or did their years have fewer or more days than ours today?

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There is such insignificant change in the earth’s spin and revolution that the times and seasons have remained the same for the last 6000 years: 24 hour days and 365 1/4 day years ( based on revolutions around the sun and revolutions of the earth.)   That would mean Methuselah did live 969 of our years.  You might enjoy this information from Tom Whiting on the astronomical earth year.

“I know the spin rate (one day) is slowing down due to the gravitational effects of the moon…..about 3 millionths of a second per year  (65 million years ago, the dinosaurs had a 20 hour day)….but I’ve never read where our speed around the sun has changed over the millennia.

‘The flow of sand in an hourglass can be used to keep track of elapsed time. It also concretely represents the present as being between the past and the future.’

In fact, I would assume that as we spiral in closer to the sun (very slowly) we would actually speed up, thus a slightly shorter length of the year.  But then again, the sun is continuously losing mass through the fusion process to produce energy, so that would allow the Earth (and all the planets) to drift outward slowly, thus lengthening the orbital (yearly) time period. Perhaps the two effects offset each other, because I’ve read nothing about the “year” growing longer (or shorter) as the centuries and millennia go by.  But if it has, it certainly is not measurable in our lifetimes, and it would probably affect our calendar by only one day every few million years. “


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39 thoughts on “How Long Was a Year In Biblical Times?

  1. I think you have missed the point here? The bible years are human assessment of astrological year .so the unit of measurement for man at that time would vary over the astrological time.This difference could be greater at or nearer the equator where daily variance is not soo visually pronounced.the claims that Moses was 140 upon his death is a cultural claim.This civilization respected age and therefore pumping up the ages of bible figures was done to gain respect as apposed to a biological claim.This with the human measurement of the year at the time caused these inaccuracies.It is likely Moses would have been around 90 on todays calculations.

    1. the bible says Noah was over 300 when he start building the Ark. Then he died at 950 years old,

      Moses had a rough life. Check out the discovery of Chariot wheels from Egypt, 300 ft under water at the Red Sea. King Salomon placed 30 feet stone marks at each end of the crossing

    2. Plus man didn’t figure out that the earth circled around the son until the 16th century, so how Thayer possibly know anything about how long a year is?

      1. Ummm you don’t believe your own eyes. But the sun doesn’t rise and set. It comes and goes. The Earth is Fixed and unmovable as it is written. Look up the definition of circle?

  2. What does 7 years really mean? Does it mean actual years?

    The reason why I am asking is because one of the big things about to happen next year is the Obama Peace Treaty which if it’s passed will spark the stage for the Jews to rebuild their temple as stated in the bible. There are exact measurements of the temple too. The image of the beast will be held there as the man Antichrist will receive a fatal wound and be brought back to life thru a false miracle. (3D Hologram anybody?)

    It will look real enough to fool the world. I wouldn’t be surprised if since the 90s the Military has been messing with hologram technology.

    1. The Antichrist is an entity who changes times and laws. The only law where there is a time is the fourth commandment, when it talks about the Sabbath. The catholic catechism has changed the laws. They wiped out the second law which states thou shall have no graven image, because they are surrounded by images, and they changed the Holy Sabbath to Sunday. The day will come, where there will be a Sunday law.

      The wound on the Antichrist has already healed. The wound was made in 1798 during the french revolution, when the pope’s political power was taken away under orders of Napoleon. From 538 A.D. to 1798 the keepers of the law were persecuted. This time period was known as the dark ages, and indeed it was dark, for the roman catholic church forbade people to read the bible themselves and killed those who did. But the days of persecution was shortened with the reformation because the two witnesses, being the old and the new testament, shortened the days of persecution.

      “25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. 26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it to the end.” Daniel 7:25-26 (compare this verse with Daniel 12:7, Rev 11:2 and 3, Rev 12: 6 and 14, Rev 13:5, and most importantly Ezekiel 4:6)

      1. Catechism of the Catholic Church
        Part 3, Section 2, Chapter 1, Article 1, SubSection 3, Heading 2

        2114 Human life finds its unity in the adoration of the one God. The commandment to worship the Lord alone integrates man and saves him from an endless disintegration. Idolatry is a perversion of man’s innate religious sense. An idolater is someone who “transfers his indestructible notion of God to anything other than God.” 47

        Part 2, Section 1, Chapter 2, Article 1, SubSection 3, Heading 2

        1166 “By a tradition handed down from the apostles which took its origin from the very day of Christ’s Resurrection, the Church celebrates the Paschal mystery every seventh day, which day is appropriately called the Lord’s Day or Sunday.” 36 The day of Christ’s Resurrection is both the first day of the week, the memorial of the first day of creation, and the “eighth day,” on which Christ after his “rest” on the great sabbath inaugurates the “day that the Lord has made,” the “day that knows no evening.” 37 The Lord’s Supper is its center, for there the whole community of the faithful encounters the risen Lord who invites them to his banquet: 38
        The Lord’s day, the day of Resurrection, the day of Christians, is our day. It is called the Lord’s day because on it the Lord rose victorious to the Father. If pagans call it the “day of the sun,” we willingly agree, for today the light of the world is raised, today is revealed the sun of justice with healing in his rays. 39

        The usage of Dark Ages to refer to the period from roughly 476-1000 is now mostly proscribed by historians as a misnomer, as the term was created during the Enlightenment referring to lack of historical records at the time, and technological/scholarly progress did not drop as is commonly thought by laymen. A more correct term in contemporary usage is the Early Middle Ages.

      2. bizarre to believe in a globe Earth yet pretend to acknowledge the sacred validity of the Bible… Bizarre at least.

        1. 100 percent agree

      3. A study of Acts 2 show that the apostles worshiped Sunday.
        Other scripture says we are no longer under the mosaical law.

        1. Matthew 12:40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

          John 19 v 38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.

          39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus BY NIGHT, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.

          40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.

          John 20 v 1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, WHEN IT WAS YET DARK, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre

          So can someone please explain how Jesus could be crucified on a Friday, buried AFTER sundown Friday, Resurrected BEFORE sunrise Sunday morning and at the same time be able to fulfill His Own Prophecy of being In the Heart of the Earth 3 days and 3 nights?

          1. About the years I often wonder myself so they found places that mark the equinox but other than that how could they really tell what a year was a day would be easy to tell but the only thing that changes besides the seasons is the full moon… How do we not know that that is what they viewed as a year back then cause the calendar was changed around 300ad I believe

          2. The church twisted the time measurements to throw everyone off. He did fulfill His time of 33 years spent in the only hell you and I will ever have to know. Thanks be to God. We just have to keep coming back till we learn.

        2. Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no way pass from The Law, till all be fulfilled. This is what Jesus Himself had to say about the Mosaic Law.

        3. You can worship on any day, it’s just not the 7th day, the day YAH says is the Sabbath. The 7th day has always and always will be the Sabbath day. The Catholic church admitted to changing it.

  3. In fact it even says that God will shorten the day in the sakes of the elect.

    1. has not happen yet

      Period of Tribulation

  4. Thanks for all these helpful information. It’s vert important, very clear and easy to read.

  5. a generation in early scripture was 500 years. In Jesus’ time, it was 40 years.
    as for the post concerning the shortening of days for the elect, Jesus intervened from Heaven by blinding Saul and converting him on the road to Damascus, otherwise, the persecutions of the founding shepherds would of been snuffed out. Paul admits it himself. Yes, the catholic church did some wicked things during the inquisitions, and yes, I believe they are the ones spoken of in revelation that comes after satan, who is the 666, the son of perdition, why? because many have been led astray. it’s not just other religions that lead astray, but consider that Satan passes himself off as the Bright and morning star, or an imposter of Christ, he set up a shadow religion to MIMIC Christ & His established church….what better way to do that than through something that MIRRORS and wants to be “LIKE” the most high? and he succeeded…many pray to Mary, Angels, Saints and the like….violating the number 1 commandment….and you only pray to something you place into GOD status…all the while denying the words of Christ…NOONE comes to the FATHER except through ME. I am the WAY the TRUTH and the LIFE….

    I could be wrong, just my opinion.

    1. Steve I believe you are right as far as the Catholic Religion breaking the Commandment. I have often wondered why they do not follow their own Bible. I was raised with the Roman Catholic Religion. I am still a Catholic though I am duly upset that they stray from the words of GOD & his Son Jesus. I pray to GOD through his son. One day very soon I intend to ask a Priest why they do not follow the Bible. Besides having people pray to the Blessed Mother Mary, They pray to many Saints. They also let their congregations believe that they go to Heaven as soon as they die. The Bible states only 144,000 go to Heaven. They let people believe they will be with their loved ones again. Though in the Parable that Jesus said to the Saduccees I believe is the truth about everlasting life. He told the parable about the Seven Brothers & the Oldest Brother’s wife. In those days if the oldest brother was married and there were no children if he passed away the wife would marry the next brother and so on down to the last brother they asked Jesus who she would be with after death. He then stated that people would come back as spirit people and there would be no marriage or suckling meaning no babies. So I believe as a believer in GOD & Jesus that the answer is that we will not be reunited with our loved ones and probably would not know them if we did see them. There is another thing that Jesus once said. It is in the Bible. It states the Living are conscious of the fact that they will die but the dead are conscious of nothing. Which makes sense that we are asleep in death until Resurrection and that is not supposed to happen until after the Return of the Messiah Jesus Christ. King of the Heavenly Zion Government.

      1. In my opinion they don’t want people to know what the Bible says and you should be upset because no one can enter heaven unless they ask Jesus into their heart with their own mouth. It’s always befuzzled me that they trick people into thinking they should confess their sins to a priest and pray to Mary!! It’s sad!!

    2. Wrong wrong wrong. The idea that Catholics idolize false gods or Mary, or any of the saints above God is just not true. Your casting judgement which is also spoken gravely to do in scripture.
      Catholics ask the saints and Mary (The chosen mother who was incarnate of our Lord and Savior,,,,kinda important Id think) through intersession of Christ for specific power of prayers, the statues again! are a reminder of our faith, similar the many pictures, and or taxidermy etc that hang about your dwelling. its absolutely absurd to take out and or disseminate bits and pieces how you were told or taught by “just a person”.
      Jesus also said to Peter “whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” Matthew 18:18 . That was clearly put that Peter the first leader of the church, that became known as the Roman Catholic Church, Where the lineage of Popes can be traced back to……Jesus foreseen changes that would be necessary and that what these Men thought necessary would be bound or held loose Christ.
      We know the Assumption and Coronation of Mary took place. Jesus was specific to tell John before his death on the cross :Look behold your mother, Mother behold your son” that was the passing of her importance to the church (all people) of all nations.
      Pick up a copy of Rome Sweet Rome.

      A prospective from a devout Protestant though after many struggle found Catholicism… If you want clarity on the church its a great read, not to long. Otherwise dont make assumptions and false facts

      1. Hey Danny, i don’t see a reason why we should ask someone to pray for us. Jesus said he is the only true way to God. Why should we fear then going directly to him

    3. Well spoken

    4. Your opinion on here is the one that makes most sense to me as that’s how I too see it.

    5. You’re definitely 100% correct!!!

    6. Wow, im going to use this to spread the example now its actually easier to get your head and words round. The bible and everything ive discoverd in the last few year, even today is mind blowing. The men and leaders on earth and the fact we are never ever taught history and why so many churches, conflicts, war, abuse and greed have taken over and hidden the true law and origins from us all is shocking

  6. My is a question. Did people live before Adam and even ?

  7. My question is. When Noah came out of ark with everything that was in the ark. God said go and multiply in the earth. So if Noah’s sons and their wives had children who then multiplied. Then in today’s terms would be incest. In other words do not have sex with your cousin. But there again god is god and he makes the laws and whatever. It had to be done that way for everybody to survive.

  8. I grew up in the Catholic Church and left it after graduation. I converted to Protestantism for many reasons. I can attest that Catholics do pray to saints and Mary and believe they hold some power. The NT is clear that our ONLY intercessor to God is Christ. The dead have no power, I’m not sure they are even aware of us. Also, Christ is the “rock” referred to when Christ spoke to Peter that he was the rock the church would be built upon. He is the center of everything, not a mortal even though an apostle. The Catholic Church sadly does preach a false gospel, one that relies on good works in addition to faith whereas the Gospel teaches only Faith alone, by grace, in Jesus Christ saves.

    1. Somewhere in the Bible is written something like “You say that you can reach God only by beleiving in him, but also Satan believes in God”

    2. No Helen. Catholics do not pray to Mary or other Saints as if they are mini-gods. You did not learn that from any authority in The Church. We ask Mary and other Saints to intercede for us – in exactly the same way that might ask a friend or a family member to “pray for” you. For such a favor you would probably choose someone you know as a churchgoer and someone who takes the faith seriously. A Saint has taken the faith VERY seriously, has found favor with God, and stands in His presence. If you’re willing to ask a friend or a relative to pray for you, why WOULDN’T you want a Saint “praying for” you too???
      Similarly, many Catholics are very devoted to Mary, and well they should be. But, Mary does replace God. Mary helps us to find God. Mary will help us find the way. Mary supports her Son’s ministry. The Rosary is clearly the most central Marian deviation. When you pray a complete Rosary you will start with The Apostles Creed “I believe in God the Father Almighty, and in Jesus Christ His Son our Lord…” and with your hand on the crucifix. The second prayer will be The Lord’s Prayer (directly to God The Father), “Our Father…, ” a prayer given to us by Jesus. In all when you have prayed a complete Rosary you will have prayed The Lord’s Prayer 18 times. You will have prayed, “Glory be to The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit…” 15 times. You will have prayed directly to Jesus 15 times: “O My Jesus, forgive us our sins…”. You will have meditated on 15 of the most import events of Jesus’ life and the life of The Church. Even the Hail Mary, the most common prayer of the Rosary is comprised of two halves. The first half is all about Jesus’ entry into this world: The Annunciation by the Angel Gabriel, “Hail [Mary], full of Grace. Blessed are you among women…” and Elizabeth’s greeting to Mary, “blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus…” The second half of the prayer asks for her to PRAY FOR us. She’s our mother too after all; right? Jesus is our brother, Mary is Jesus’ mother, that makes her our mother too. Why wouldn’t you want your mother to pray for you: “…Holy Mary, Mother of God, PRAY FOR us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen. FOR MARY IT’s ALL ABOUT GETTING US TO FOCUS ON GOD: FATHER, SON, and HOLY SPIRIT.

      1. SORRY! Typo, meant to write, line 15:
        *Mary does NOT replace God.

      2. Yes but Catholics that are taught from childhood, know no different. However, if they actually get to read the bible itself regardles, they soon find out the truth and law as it is written. Every religion that knows Jesus existed has Genisus first. The Church of England is made up, as the Monach isnt the supreme leader, same as Pope. The Bible is very clear.. Graven image, bow to no other

  9. when was the beginning of the old testament and what date did it end. how old was adam and eve. when werethey created?

  10. Very good blog. The counts the years from 7000 down then up again and matches them to other calendars. It also lets us know that “time is up” in a couple of weeks. Repent and be saved, the LORD is coming for HIS people

  11. That is a simple question. Why are so many people giving long explanations
    about it and still don’t give an answer. Abraham went to Egypt (from where)
    and stayed for 400 years; then returned to the Promised Land, Canaan. He
    was quite old at this time so Moses was a new leader and took the freed
    jew slaves across the desert to present day Israel. Problem was the Promised
    Land had been taken over by Philistines, or present day Palestinians. Therein
    lies the present day conflict of jew vs every non jew. Anyway, I say Methuselah, as the oldest man who ever lived at 900+ years was actually 900+ months as the Biblical year was passing of the full moon. So one Biblical Year is one present day month.

  12. Cecil please provide us with some source links to backup your presentation!

    Doing Google searches never turned up your explanation or others of this sort directly! They all appear to take the 969 years of Methuselah as solar years!


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