How was our modern calendar created?
Have you ever wondered how our current calendar came into existence? Have you read the Bible and found the months different from the calendar hanging on your wall? Join me as we walk back in time to discover how our modern calendar came to be used.
Ancient civilizations measured time with a variety of calendars. While each was different, they primarily used a solar, lunar, or lunisolar approach.
The solar calendars are set based on the revolution of the earth around the sun. The Egyptians would be an example of an ancient civilization that used a solar calendar.
The lunar calendars measure time by the phases of the moon. The Sumerians used a lunar calendar.
With the lunisolar approach, the calendar is set to acknowledge both the phases of the moon and the solar year. The biblical calendar would be an example of a lunisolar calendar. The years are based on the solar year (1), but the months are based on the phases of the moon.