Christian Pilgrim


13. Jewish New Year

The law stated that the beginning of the year was in the spring:

Exodus 12:2 - This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you."

But the Jewish New Year is traditionally in the autumn. This is at least suggested by the fact that the Year of Jubilee begins in the autumn on the Day of Atonement (tenth day of the seventh month):

Leviticus 25:9,10 - "Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family."