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by Wayne Blank
In the fourth century, a fixed calendar was developed by Jewish scholars to compensate for the fact that there are 12.4 lunar months in a solar year. The new version, used right to modern times, standardized the calendar for the course of a 19 year cycle, so that it meshes perfectly with the seasons. To do this, certain months had a set variable number of days, and a 13th month, Adar II, was added in the 3rd, 6th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 17th and 19th years of the cycle. Although its rules can seem complicated, it is actually a very simple system of having a perfectly natural calendar.
Fact Finder: At the time of Creation, what did God say about how to mark days, months, and seasons?