Divisons of the
Aaronic Priesthood

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Divisions of the Aaronic Priesthood
and Their Schedule of Temple Service

Please note that this is at best an educated guess. There is no way of knowing with any degree of certainty either the actual date on which the priesthood schedule began, nor can we determine when the Hebrew ”leap month” fell at the time of Yeshua’s and Yochannan’s conception and birth. This schedule does, however, support theologically the concept that Yeshua was born during Sukkot (Tabernacles).

An annotated calendar showing the courses, or divisions, of the Aaronic Priesthood serving in the Temple throughout the year, and the correspondence between the Hebrew and Western calendars. The true dates of birth of both Yochanan the Immerser and Yeshua HaMashiach are calculated according to this schedule as given in the Scriptures themselves.

“Shemayah the son of Netan'el the Sofer, who was of the Levites, wrote them in the presence of the king, and the princes, and Tzadok the Kohen, and Achimelekh the son of Avyatar, and the heads of the fathers' [houses] of the Kohanim and of the Levites; one fathers' house being taken for El`azar, and one taken for Itamar. Now the first lot came forth to Yehoiariv, the second to Yedayah, the third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim, the fifth to Malkiyah, the sixth to Miyamin, the seventh to Hakkotz, the eighth to Aviyah, the ninth to Yeshua, the tenth to Shekhanyahu, the eleventh to Elyashiv, the twelfth to Yakim, the thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth to Yeshebeab, the fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer, the seventeenth to Hetzir, the eighteenth to Happizzez, the nineteenth to Petachyah, the twentieth to Yechezkel, the one and twentieth to Yakhin, the two and twentieth to Gamul, the three and twentieth to Delayah, the four and twentieth to Ma`azyah. This was the ordering of them in their service, to come into the house of the LORD according to the ordinance [given] to them by Aharon their father, as the LORD, the God of Yisra'el, had commanded him.” (1 Chron. 24:6-18 CJB)

Gregorian dates are for 2001/2002 and are used only for an example. Since the Hebrew calendar is a lunar calendar and the Gregorian calendar that we use is a solar calendar, the two calendars “float” in relationship to each other.

It is important to remember that on the Hebrew calendar the day
begins and ends at sunset, not at midnight as on the Gregorian calendar.
Nisan (Abib) 5761 • Mar/Apr 2001
“This month shall be the beginning of months for you;
it is to be the first month of the year to you.” (Exodus 12:2)
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Shabbat Division
29 Adar
Mar 25
2
Mar 26
3
Mar 27
4
Mar 28
5
Mar 29
6
Mar 30
7
Mar 31
1 Yehoiariv
1
Mar 25
7 9
Apr 02
10
Apr 03
11
Apr 04
12
Taanit Bechorot
Apr 05
13
Apr 06
14
 (Preparation)
Pesach*
(~6:00 pm)
2 Yedayah
Apr 01 Apr 07
8 (6:00 pm) 15
Unleavened Bread
15
Unleavened Bread
16
Unleavened Bread
17
Unleavened Bread
18
Unleavened Bread
19
Unleavened Bread
20
Unleavened Bread
21
Unleavened Bread
All
Kohenim
Serve
Apr 08 Apr 09 Apr 10 Apr 11 Apr 12 Apr 13 Apr 14
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
22
Pesach
23
Apr 16
24
Apr 17
25
Apr 18
26
Apr 19
27
Apr 20
28
Apr 21
3 Harim
Apr 15
23 (6:00 pm)
28
Apr 22
30
Apr 23
The Jews have always expected Eliyahu (Elijah) to come during Pasach. Yochanan (John) the Immerser was born on 15 Nisan (1st day of Pasach) and circumcised on 22 Nisan (8th day of Pasach) in fulfillment of  Mal'akhi (Malachi) 4:4-6 which requires that Eliyahu the prophet must come to prepare the hearts of the fathers and their children before Mashiach comes. 4 Seorim
29
Apr 22
Iyyar 5761 • Apr/May 2001
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Shabbat Division
    1
Apr 24
2
Apr 25
3
Yom
Ha'Atzmaut
Apr 26
4
Apr 27
5
Apr 28
4 Seorim
6
Apr 29
7
Apr 30
8
May 01
9
May 02
10
May 03
11
May 04
12
May 05
5 Malkiyah
13
May 06
14
Pesah sheni
May 07
15
May 08
16
May 09
17
May 10
18
Lag B'Omer
May 11
19
May 12
6 Miyamin
20
May 13
21
May 14
22
May 15
23
May 16
24
May 17
25
May 18
26
May 19
7 Hakkotz
27
May 20
28
Yom
Yerushalayim
(Jerusalem Day)
May 21
29
May 22
        8 Aviyah
Sivan 5761 • May/Jun 2001
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Shabbat Division
      1
May 23
2
May 24
3
May 25
4
May 26
8 Aviyah
5
May 27
6
Shavuot
(Pentecost)
May 28
7
Shavuot (d)
(Pentecost)
May 29
8
May 30
9
May 31
10
Jun 01
11
Jun 02
All Serve
12
Jun 03
13
Jun 04
14
Jun 05
15
Jun 06
16
Jun 07
17
Jun 08
18
Jun 09
9 Yeshua
19
Jun 10
20
Jun 11
21
Jun 12
22
Jun 13
23
Jun 14
24
Jun 15
25
Jun 16
10 Shekhanyahu
26
Jun 17
27
Jun 18
28
Jun 19
29
Jun 20
30
Jun 21
    11 Elyashiv
Tammuz 5761 • Jun/Jul 2001
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Shabbat Division
          1
Jun 22
2
Jun 23
11 Elyashiv
3
Jun 24
4
Jun 25
5
Jun 26
6
Jun 27
7
Jun 28
8
Jun 29
9
Jun 30
12 Yakim
10
Jul 01
11
Jul 02
12
Jul 03
13
Jul 04
14
Jul 05
15
Jul 06
16
Jul 07
13 Huppah
17
Feast of
Tammuz
Jul 08
18
Jul 09
19
Jul 10
20
Jul 11
21
Jul 12
22
Jul 13
23
Jul 14
14 Yeshebeab
24
Jul 15
25
Jul 16
26
Jul 17
27
Jul 18
28
Jul 19
29
Jul 20
  15 Bilgah
Av 5761 • Jul/Aug 2001
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Shabbat Division
            1
Jul 21
15 Bilgah
2
Jul 22
3
Jul 23
4
Jul 24
5
Jul 25
6
Jul 26
7
Jul 27
8
Jul 28
16 Immer
9
Tisha B'Av
Jul 29
10
Jul 30
11
Jul 31
12
Aug 01
13
Aug 02
14
Aug 03
15
Tu B'Av
Aug 04
17 Hetzir
16
Aug 05
17
Aug 06
18
Aug 07
19
Aug 08
20
Aug 09
21
Aug 10
22
Aug 11
18 Happizzez
23
Aug 12
24
Aug 13
25
Aug 14
26
Aug 15
27
Aug 16
28
Aug 17
29
Aug 18
19 Petachyah
30
Aug 19
            20 Jehezkel
Elul 5761 • Aug/Sep 2001
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Shabbat Division
  1
Aug 20
2
Aug 21
3
Aug 22
4
Aug 23
5
Aug 24
6
Aug 25
20 Yechezkel
7
Aug 26
8
Aug 27
9
Aug 28
10
Aug 29
11
Aug 30
12
Aug 31
13
Sep 01
21 Yakhin
14
Sep 02
15
Sep 03
16
Sep 04
17
Sep 05
18
Sep 06
19
Sep 07
20
Sep 08
22 Gamul
21
Sep 09
22
Sep 10
23
Sep 11
24
Sep 12
25
Sep 13
26
Sep 14
27
Sep 15
23 Delayah
28
Sep 16
29
Sep 17
          24 Ma`azyah
Tishrei 5762 • Sep/Oct 2001
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Shabbat Division
    1
Rosh Hashana
Sep 18
2
Rosh Hashana
Sep 19
3
Feast of
Gedalia
Sep 20
4
Sep 21
5
Sep 22
24 Ma`azyah
6
Sep 23
7
Sep 24
8
Sep 25
9
Sep 26
10
Yom Kippur
Sep 27
11
Sep 28
12
Sep 29
1 Yehoiariv
13
Sep 30
14
15
Sukkot (Tabernacles)
16
Sukkot
17
Sukkot
18
Sukkot
19
Sukkot
2 Yedayah
Oct 01
Oct 02 Oct 03 Oct 04 Oct 05 Oct 06
All
Kohenim
Serve
16 17 18 19 20
15 (6:00 pm)
20
Sukkot
21
Sukkot
22
Sukkot
23
Oct 10
24
Oct 11
25
Oct 12
26
Oct 13
All
Kohenim
Serve
Oct 07
Oct 08 Oct 09
2 Jedaiah
22 23 (6:00 pm)
21
27
Oct 14
28
Oct 15
29
Oct 16
30
Oct 17
Yeshuah HaMashiach was born on 15 Tishri and circumcised on 22 Tishri. "The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us" (John 1:14) 3 Harim
Cheshvan 5762 • Oct/Nov 2001
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Shabbat Division
        1
Oct 18
2
Oct 19
3
Oct 20
3 Harim
4
Oct 21
5
Oct 22
6
Oct 23
7
Oct 24
8
Oct 25
9
Oct 26
10
Oct 27
4 Seorim
11
Oct 28
12
Oct 29
13
Oct 30
14
Oct 31
15
Nov 01
16
Nov 02
17
Nov 03
5 Malkiyah
18
Nov 04
19
Nov 05
20
Nov 06
21
Nov 07
22
Nov 08
23
Nov 09
24
Nov 10
6 Miyamin
25
Nov 11
26
Nov 12
27
Nov 13
28
Nov 14
29
Nov 15
    7 Hakkotz
Kislev 5762 • Nov/Dec 2001
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Shabbat Division
          1
Nov 16
2
Nov 17
7 Hakkotz
3
Nov 18
4
Nov 19
5
Nov 20
6
Nov 21
7
Nov 22
8
Nov 23
9
Nov 24
8 Aviyah
10
Nov 25
11
Nov 26
12
Nov 27
13
Nov 28
14
Nov 29
15
Nov 30
16
Dec 01
9 Yeshua
17
Dec 02
18
Dec 03
19
Dec 04
20
Dec 05
21
Dec 06
22
Dec 07
23
Dec 08
10 Shekhanyahu
24

Dec 09
25
Chanukkah
Dec 10
26
Chanukkah
Dec 11
27
Chanukkah
Dec 12
28
Chanukkah
Dec 13
29
Chanukkah
Dec 14
30
Chanukkah
Dec 15
11 Elyashiv
Tevet 5762 • Dec 20Jan Jan 2002
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Shabbat Division
1
Chanukkah
Dec 16
2
Chanukkah
Dec 17
3

Dec 18
4

Dec 19
5

Dec 20
6

Dec 21
7

Dec 22
12 Yakim
8

Dec 23
9

Dec 24
10
Feast of Tevet
Dec 25
11

Dec 26
12

Dec 27
13

Dec 28
14

Dec 29
13 Huppah
15
Dec 30
16
Dec 31
17
Jan 01
18
Jan 02
19
Jan 03
20
Jan 04
21
Jan 05
14 Yeshebeab
22
Jan 06
23
Jan 07
24
Jan 08
25
Jan 09
26
Jan 10
27
Jan 11
28
Jan 12
15 Bilgah
29
Jan 13
            16 Immer
Shevat 5762 • Jan/Feb 2002
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Shabbat Division
  1
Jan 14
2
Jan 15
3
Jan 16
4
Jan 17
5
Jan 18
6
Jan 19
16 Immer
7
Jan 20
8
Jan 21
9
Jan 22
10
Jan 23
11
Jan 24
12
Jan 25
13
Jan 26
17 Hetzir
14

Jan 27
15
Tu b'Shvat
Jan 28
16

Jan 29
17

Jan 30
18

Jan 31
19

Feb 01
20

Feb 02
18 Happizzez
21
Feb 03
22
Feb 04
23
Feb 05
24
Feb 06
25
Feb 07
26
Feb 08
27
Feb 09
19 Petachyah
28
Feb 10
29
Feb 11
30
Feb 12
        20 Jehezkel
Adar 5762 • Feb/Mar 2002
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Shabbat Division
      1
Feb 13
2
Feb 14
3
Feb 15
4
Feb 16
20 Yechezkel
5
Feb 17
6
Feb 18
7
Feb 19
8
Feb 20
9
Feb 21
10
Feb 22
11
Feb 23
21 Yakhin
12

Feb 24
13
Taanit Esther
Feb 25
14
Purim
Feb 26
15
Shushan Purim
Feb 27
16

Feb 28
17

Mar 01
18

Mar 02
22 Gamul
19
Mar 03
20
Mar 04
21
Mar 05
22
Mar 06
23
Mar 07
24
Mar 08
25
Mar 09
23 Delayah
26
Mar 10
27
Mar 11
28
Mar 12
29
Mar 13
      24 Ma`azyah

* Note that although modern Judaism refers to the entire eight days of Unleavened Bread as Passover, according to Scripture, Passover only occurs at twilight [literally, “between the evenings”] on (at the end of) the 14th of Nisan (also called Abib). “In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the LORD's Passover.” (Leviticus 23:5 NAS)

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