"The Calendar of Jehovah God" - a historical tidbit

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  • OrphanCrow
    In 1935, Clayton Woodworth (editor of the Golden Age - later the Awake! magazine) devised a 'new' calendar that he proposed was far superior to the pagan calendars that have been used in human history.

    He wrote a three part series for the Golden Age (I am not sure if these were actually published) that laid out his justifications for how this new calendar was more accurate and of course, was right in line with the Divine Plan. The calendar was published in the 1935 yearbook, but the Watchtower magazine later published a retraction to the calendar. From what I have read, Judge Rutherford gave Woodworth a horribly abusive 'dressing down' in front of Bethel staff over the calendar.

    The three part article and Woodworth's crazy calculations attest to the claims that Woodworth was an obsessive compulsive. He must have invested a tremendous amount of time and energy into constructing 'Jehovah's Memorial Calendar'.

    Please follow this link to download the three-part Golden Age articles, the calendar as it was published in the 1935 yearbook, and the subsequent Watchtower references to the article.

    Woodworth's calendar (AKA Jehovah's calendar) was based on a lunar measurement system - "The Second Hand in the Timepiece of God".
    Woodworth claimed that it was superior to the Jewish lunar calendar:
    That the Jews are confused is self-evident........................
    Jehovah's people have nothing to learn from the Jews on this subject; the Jews have lost the "key of Knowledge".
    *keep in mind that this calendar was conceived of shortly after the transformation of the 'Zionist' Bible Students into Rutherford's 'army' - the Jehovah's witnesses. The dual covenant doctrine that Russell had campaigned valiantly for had been dropped for Rutherford's 'replacement theology'.

    A few highlights of the new calendar:

    Woodworth's calendar is a '6000 year calendar' that claims to count time back to the very moment of Adam's creation - he numbers the days and months forward from that zero beginning and also changes the names of the days of the week and the names of the months. He designates the era before 1935 with the letters B.R. - Before Ransom - and calls 1935 the Year of the Ransom.
    The day starts at 6 pm and the year starts at......I think.... the vernal equinox.

    Here are his descriptions of the new names for the days of the week (sans Bible verses):

    Lightday, the first day of the week, is commemorative of the great gift of light in creative epoch No. 1.

    Heavenday, second day of the week, is commemorative of the gift of the atmosphere, necessary to sustain the life of breathing creatures.

    Earthday, third day of the week, is commemorative of the making of the beautiful home which god made for man and other breathing creatures.

    Starday, fourth day of the week, is commemorative of the unfoldment of the magnificent pageantry of the heavens, suns, moons and stars inconceivable in number and beauty; the matchless spectacle of the universe.

    Lifeday, fifth day of the week, will ever be commemorative of the great epoch in which the Creator first bestowed upon earthly creatures the unspeakable boon of life.

    Mansday, sixth day of the week, will ever remind man of the gracious act of God in making the human creature and will remind him of the time when he was not in existence. It was not at all necessary to the happiness of God that such a creature as man should ever have lived.

    Godsday, seventh day of the week, reminds man for ever of the source of all his joys and hopes and the eternal resting place of his love.

    And the names of the months are as follows:

    Redemption – (first month); Life; Visitment; Freedom; Vindication; Hope; King; Peace; Order; Logo; Jehovah; Temple

    The calendar is hinged upon two events: Adam's creation and Jesus' life.

    from Pg 428 – April 10, 1935 – part 3 :

    The evidence herein seems to clearly prove that the day of Christ’s birth was King 3, Edenic day No. 1470658, completing week No. 210094, god’s month No. 49801, B.R. 34 (Oct.1, B.C.2). He was born on a Mansday (Friday), and died on the same day of the week, which, as in hereafter be shown, was Redemption 14, Edenic day No. 1482894, completing week No. 211842, god’s month No. 50215, year of Ransom 1 (Friday April 1, A.D. 33). The time of his death was 9:00 D. (“the ninth hour” of the day, 3:00 p.m.)
    Woodworth goes on to devote the next couple pages to calculating the exact time of the last Supper, and all the details of Jesus' death and resurrection.
  • Village Idiot
    Village Idiot


    Our erudite poster and scholar Leolaia - of days gone by - has some interesting comments on this.

  • slimboyfat

    It was according to Olin Moyle's famous resignation letter that Rutherford gave Woodworth a severe dressing down for this idea in front of the bethel family.

    Shortly after coming to Bethel we were shocked to witness the spectacle of our brethren receiving what is designated as a "trimming" from you. The first, if memory serves me correct, was a tongue lashing given to C. J. Woodworth. Woodworth in a personal letter to you stated something to the effect that it would be serving the devil to continue using our present day calendar. For that he was humiliated, called a jackass, and given a public lambasting.
  • Listener
    When I first heard about this, you realize how crazy they can be but what's even funnier is that the reasoning was given that current calendars had pagan origins and now they print a normal calendar every year for all the devoted followers.
  • Witness 007
    Witness 007
    Yeah Woodworth wrote the finished mystery after Russell died which was full of kooky ideas causing many to flee bethel.
  • dropoffyourkeylee
    Wood worth was very studious, probably too much. He produced, single handedly, the first index of all the WT literature , in about 1909. It was called Gems from the Mine.
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  • stuckinarut2
    This is right up there with the original pyramidolgy ideas and the Beth sarim ideas.....
  • minimus
    Love this thread! They were just showing how separate from the wor ld they really were!🔚🔚🔚
  • eyeuse2badub

    Hard to believe that this calendar was too weird even for Rutherford and Freddy. They put out some very weird crap!

    just saying!


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