purple motes : sun and moon in Hebrew medical astrology

By Douglas Galbi, the author of purple motes

The relative importance of the sun and moon in determining dates bitterly divided Jews two thousand years ago.  The Qumran Jewish community that collected the Dead Sea Scrolls favored the sun.  Other Jews favored the moon.  The moon’s proponents prevailed.[1]  Today’s Jewish calendar is thus organized around lunar months, with adjustments made to preserve the position of lunar months within the solar year…

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