Since this calendar falls back 1 1/4 days a year, Dr. Thiering has suggested that the intercalation was performed
every 14 years resulting in an intercalation of 17.5 days (1.25*14) (2 weeks and 3.5 days).
Because of the .5 days, the start of the Essene Day Calendar at 6AM changes to the Essene Night Calendar at 6PM.
Because of the 3 days, the day of the week in which the year starts moves from Wednesday to Saturday.
Thus year 33 AD begins at I/1 on Saturday at 6PM.
Then in another 14 years the Night Calendar reverts to the Day Calendar.
Unfortunately, although Dr. Thiering has declined to confirm the correctness of my statement on her calendar, she does confirm that:
- the south-solar calendar the one used by Jesus for Good Friday with Passover a fortnight after the 31th.
- the south-solar calendar changes from Day to Night calendar on Good Friday with Friday being its zero day, the 31st
- the Saturday after Good Friday, the 1st day on Jesus' Night Calendar and is the second day of the month after the zero 31st.
- the Pharisee +2 1/2 Passover is on Thursday Evening.
- Matthew's 'epaurion' starts the post-position days which go ahead of the sun then fall back to it during 14 years.
As to the correctness of Dr. Thiering's theory, there are two issues that need to be considered
as to whether this Night calendar would be acceptable to the Essenes:
- moving the start time of the day from 6 AM to 6 PM would favor the night as the Pharisees do with their lunar calendar.
- moving the start day of the week for the year from Wednesday (4th day of Creation when the sun was created) to
Saturday, the Sabbath, the day of rest, might dishonor the 4th Day.
Certainly, Dr. Thiering's theory on the calendar does give a reasonable explanation for the Passover discrepancy between the
Gospel of John and the Synoptic Gospels, as arising from different calendars and methods of intercalation giving
Good Friday for Jesus as XII/31 (a special holy day) being the last day of the previous year Day Calendar after intercalation
and the next day being the first day of the Night Calendar: I/1 of the year 33 AD that would herald in
the first year of God's Restoration of King David's kingdom, as foretold by the Magi in Bethlehem.
Here is my thoughts on the advantage of this calendar:
It might explain the problem of three days in the tomb and that of
John 20:1 "Now on the first day of the week" (literally 'sabbaths' interpreted as being a week of seven days - Strong's 2nd definition),
"Mary Magdalene came early, while it was yet dark, to the tomb, and saw the stone taken away from the sepulchre."
Since the customary placement in the modern Jewish calendar is to show the day that started at 6 PM the night before as the next day,
then this I/1 on Saturday now beginning at 6 PM, by sleight of hand, could actually be moved up to Sunday, the first day of the week
and thus allowing Jesus to rise on the third day: 1=Friday, 2=Saturday, 3=Sunday.
On the other hand, Saturday may have merely become Sunday when Easter was moved forward by decree of the Christian Church
and the Gospels being altered to correspond.