ETHIOPIC IS NOT JULIAN
We inquired and someone told us the millennium will be celebrated year long starting
Sept 11 and we thought that will convince both sides... please do a write up and we will gladly post it.
Re: The Ethiopian Calendar is not Julian and the third
Millennium Starts 9-1...
2/22/2007 3:40:28 PM Mountain Daylight Time
a message dated 2/20/2007 4:02:35 P.M. Mountain Standard Time,
we really have an Ethiopic calendar dating to pre Christianity?
How can one get the Ethiopic Book of Enoch?
This is interesting. Do you mind if you email us an article
about the millennium being celebrated in the wrong year, if you
still feel Strong about it. We would like to see that. I am sure
many people will find it interesting...
following links on the pre Christian calendar were there in my
Here is an example article that tells on how Exiguus copied the
Alexandrian (Coptic) calendar Easter to Julian calendar Easter.
Here is the link to my article on the Third Ethiopic
millennium. I am the only one making the argument.
According to the Bible God created earth, then Adam and Eve and
rested on day 6. That was in year zero or just days into it.
Jesus was born after 5,500 years. The beginning of year 2000 is
the end of 1999 years; not 2000 years. You do not celebrate your
first year marriage anniversary on the wedding day. After you
have completed 2 years you welcome the third. Similarly, after
you have completed 2000 years you welcome the third millennium
on Meskerem 1, 2001 (not Meskerem 1, 2000).
Don't try to follow the Gregorian calendar millennium
celebration as that calculation method had a couple of serious
In a message dated 2/16/2007 8:29:43 A.M.
Mountain Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
But one question to you. Are there any written
records than folktales that would help a reader how Ethiopian
calendar evolved. I read Dr Solomon saying Ethiopian Calendar is
more or less the same as Julian and you are saying no it is not
but what are you saying it is? Our own Invention? or
another Egyptian calendar?
Thanks, it is posted by the way.
I have published about the history of the
Ethiopic calendar and given references. It is the responsibility
of Dr .Solomon and others interested to read and present other
facts and references since we need more of these. Egyptians and
Ethiopians have been calculating the days of Easter and other
holidays using their own calendars when Exiguus in 525 A.D
copied it and retroactively came up with the Julian calendar
that started with 1 AD on January 1. He then copied the dates of
Easter and other holidays to the Julian calendar dates. That does
not make the Ethiopian calendar Julian. They are similar because
the Julian is a copy. The start of the Ethiopian calendar goes
back to Meskerem 1, thousands of years ago. The Egyptians
dropped it and started all over at a later date.
The ancient Egyptians added a day every 157 years
to take care of year errors while the year had 364 days
according to the Ethiopic Book of Enoch.
I am more worried because the current generation
of Ethiopians is more interested in copying the errors of the
followers of the Gregorian calendar and is about to celebrate
the new millennium in the wrong year. The third Ethiopian
millennium starts on September 11, 2008; not September 12, 2007
Gregorian. I have also published about this.
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Re: The Ethiopian Calendar is not Julian and the third
Millennium Starts 9-11...
2/15/2007 9:41:14 P.M. Mountain Standard Time
a message dated 2/15/2007 9:44:32 P.M. Mountain Standard Time,
Dear Administrator of AIGAforum.com:
Thanks for bringing my concern to the attention of Dr. Solomon.
I also respect and like his response.
However, I have decided to present that the Ethiopian calendar
is not Julian and I would appreciate it if you publish my
explanation below on your forum.
The Ethiopian Calendar is not Julian
Interest in the
third Ethiopian millennium has created confusion
as to why
Ethiopians are behind the Gregorian by many years
in celebrating the millennium.
Explanation for the difference has
continued to vary. One of the
unrealistic reasons is because the
Ethiopian calendar is Julian or a
variation of the Julian calendar.
Some of those who
present this story also claim that
modified the Julian calendar to Gregorian in
Ethiopians continued with the Julian Calendar and are
behind by seven
to eight years. In realty, the difference between
the Julian and the
Gregorian calendars was 10 days in 1582 and
increased to 13 days in 2007. Today, Thursday, Yekatit
8, 1999 Ethiopian is
February 2, 2007 Julian or February 15,
It is obvious that the Ethiopian calendar
is not Julian. An
example of a date according to
calendars is available here:
As for the
reasons for the differences between the Julian and
calendars, I have tried to describe one in my
paper on the
Ethiopic calendar here:
When the Roman papal
chancellor, Bonifacius, asked a
monk by the name of
the rules from the
Nicaean Council for general use and
calculations of the dates of Easter, Dionysius
fixed Jesus' birth
in such a manner that it falls on 25
December 753 A.U.C.,
thus making the current era start
with A.D. 1 on 1
January 754 A.U.C. It was about 525 A.D.
Exiguus, started his count (instead of the
Diocletian of 284
A.D.) with the year 1 A.D.,
considered to be the
year of the birth of Christ.
imply that Exiguus used 532
in the wrong year
without mentioning the A.D. year,
though he was
working on his Easter calculations
in (the proleptic)
Thus, if the implication that
Exiguus used the
532-year cycle table in the Ethiopian
525 A.D. is true, he
has arbitrarily pushed the Julian
calendar ahead of
the Ethiopian calendar by about
Dr. Aberra Molla
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