There was a recent thread on the "quality" of converts to JWs in recent years. It wasn't a pretty picture, based on the thread contents.
Well, the lack of depth isn't restricted to new converts.
In our CLAM this week, one of the principal points for review was this:
Ne 1:1; 2:1—Why can we conclude that “the 20th
year” mentioned at Nehemiah 1:1 and 2:1 is counted
from the same starting point? (w06 2/1 8 5)
OK, so in the 3 minute "final review" at the end of the meeting, here, is, pretty much verbatim, what the chairman said:
And did you catch the point about the 20th year? It was one of those points that can hard to get. But basically, it was a difference in the way they counted things. See, there was Chislev of 475 and Nisan of 475, but it was both starting the same difference.
It's like the brother explained when he covered the part, it's like an electoral year. Like how a president is elected in November but doesn't take office until January.
<Beads of flop sweat appear>
You ever hear someone who isn't 18 years old say he is 18? Like, he's not 18 but he says he's 18. That's just like this 20th year.
<Dead silence from audience, except for the sounds of palms hitting foreheads from the few with a modicum of intelligence>
So this was a hard point to grasp, but the point is, they used different counting systems back then.
<Another panicked pause...why doesn't he just quit now? Nope, on he goes.....>
So that's really all it was, the way they counted was different, Just like in a election. They counted the years differently.
<Pause for effect>
So that was a really hard point, but I think we have it now.
And so there we had it. A perfectly understandable answer to the question presented. Can't wait to try it out in field service!
I know that explanation would be hard to top, but did anyone else get such a clear answer as we did?