The Month of Ab in the Bible

The fifth month in the Jewish spiritual calendar isn't named in the Bible. In the civil or financial calendar it is the eleventh month and is named Ab. In a typical year there are thirty days in this month. In the Gregorian (Western) calendar it corresponds to the period from the middle of July to the middle of August. It is the time of the harvest of summer fruits. Nebuchadnezzar burned and destroyed the Temple that Solomon built to God in this month. In Ezra's time, after the captivity, it is the month when the gold and silver vessels for service in the Temple were weighed into the new Temple at the end of the journey out of Babylon.

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Period Start Day End Day Event Year
Return from Captivity 1 Ezra travels to Jerusalem
Ezra 7:7-9,8
Miscellaneous Summer fruit harvest
Amos 8:2; Judges 3:20; Matthew 24:32
Kings of the Twelve Tribes Serv/Dvd: Shamhuth (“desolation”) – Izrahite (“one cherished, arising from a hiding in the dust”)
I Chronicles 27:8
Kings of Judah Hananiah lies that Chaldea will be broken
Jeremiah 28:1
Captivity in Babylon A fast during captivity (?)
Zechariah 8:19; 7:3-5
Israel’s Journey from Egypt 1 Aaron dies in Mt. Hor because of rebellion at waters of Meribah
Numbers 33:38; 20:24-29
Israel’s Journey from Egypt 1 30 Israel mourn Aaron’s death 30 days
Numbers 33:38; 20:29
The Law of Moses 1 New Moon: 2x Trumpets blown, solemn feast day
Numbers 10:10; Psalm 81:3; I Samuel 20:18,24; II Kings 4:23; Isaiah 66:23; Ezekiel 46:1; Colossians 2:16; Amos 8:5
The Law of Moses 1 New Moon: Burnt Offerings
Numbers 28:11-15
Kingdom of God (Millennium) 1 New Moon: Burnt Offerings made in the Kingdom
Ezekiel 46:6
Return from Captivity 4 Vessels weighed into the House of God by Ezra
Ezra 8:33; 7:8,7-9
Return from Captivity 5 Nehemiah rebuilds wall of Jerusalem in 52 days
Nehemiah 6:15; Jeremiah 30:18
Captivity in Babylon 7 House of Yahweh burnt
II Kings 25:8; Jeremiah 1:3; Psalm 74; Psalm 79; Joel 1:9; Ezekiel 15:6
Captivity in Babylon 7 70-year prophecy in Jeremiah (Temple) (start)
Jeremiah 1:3
Captivity in Babylon 10 Ezekiel ch. 20
Ezekiel 20:1; 1:1,1-2
Captivity in Babylon 10 Nebuzaradan carried 832 captives back to Babylon
II Kings 25:8; Jeremiah 52:29,12
Summer fruits.
Summer Fruits by ArmbrustAnna, Pixabay

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