Many European and Mediterranean-based peoples inherited the ancient Sumerian-Babylonian sexagesimal system of time keeping, using 24 hours in a day, with hours of 60-minutes each, and 60 seconds per minute. There are still today 360 degrees in a circle due to the ancient Babylonian year of 360 days. (That all changed after the catastrophe of 701 B.C.) Now our year is about 365 1/4 days long.
Many used the Moon’s cycles, in 28-29 day Lunar calendars, trying to reconcile this regular (monthly) movement with the annual Solar cycles.
Calendars of ancient peoples help to confirm the Biblical time frame. They point to a 6,000 year span (or shorter), which is consistent with a literal reading of the Bible.
The Chinese calendar, for example, is at about the year 4707 (in 2010). It appears to mark the birthdate of Noah (or some other pivotal event), from some 300 years before the Great Flood. Their civilization does not at all predate that time. But they have laid claim to this particular starting point or starting person’s origin.
The Mayan Calendar will reset in 2012. Of course some are making money by predicting the end of the world then, but its origins plotted backward date back to 5,125 years ago, or to about 400 years earlier than the Chinese reckoning.
Many calendars have been passed down from Ancient India. The Mahabharat calendar began about 3,200 B.C. That would put its start between the Mayan and the Chinese calendars, i.e. from some event in the pre-Flood era….
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