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During those years in Rome, for example, a Pontifex (priest) observed the sky and announced a new moon and therefore the new month to the king.
For centuries afterward Romans referred to the first day of each new month as Kalends or Kalends from their word calare (to announce solemnly, to call out). This practice of starting a month at the first sighting of a new moon was observed not only by Romans but by Celts and Germans in Europe and by Babylonians and Hebrews in the Lavant.
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The eighth century BCE was just that for the Israelites and Judeans, largely because of the expansion of the neo-Assyrian empire.
The Assyrians dominated international politics for most of the 700s and on into the 600s.
Source: Drawing by Karla Van Huysen based on a relief from the central palace at Nimrud (London: British Museum).
Israelite prophecy tends to coagulate around periods of political insecurity and crisis.
Month length at that time was simply the number of days that passed from one new lunar crescent to the next.The further north traveled from Babylon, the less secure its rule, but Hammurabi extracted tribute from settlements as far north as central Anatolia (Turkey).: Hittites from Anatolia invaded the Babylonian Empire, leading to its collapse.They were not able to hold the territory, ceding rule of Babylon and Southern Mesopotamia to the Kassites, and enabling Assyrians to begin establishing their own independence due to the power vacuum in the north.: As allies of the Hittites, this Iranian tribe joined the invasion of Babylon, beginning its long-standing rule over the city.The earliest prophetic books of the Book of the Twelve originated in the Assyrian period, with Amos, Hosea, and Micah all falling within the 700s.Although these books do not extensively deal with Assyria per se, they address the moral and spiritual condition of Israel and Judah in the middle of the eighth century, whose history is increasingly being conditioned by the growth of the empire.