jfh (31 Dec 2012)
"Noah's second month"

Why do so many think that Noah's second month is Heshvan?  Is it because the Hebrews have more than one New Year? ;o) I choose the springtime.
Genesis 7:4, 11 [KJV] "For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth."  "In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened."
This second month of Abib was later called Nisan.  Moses changed it to the first month when they had come out of Egypt in the time of Abib, or spring time of the year.
Exodus 12:2, 18  "This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you." "In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even."  That is Abib/Nisan
Rosh HaShannah came at the end of the year or 7th month later called Tishri. 
Hebrews do calculate their civil years from the fall but why?  [Our gov't calculates from June, if I remember correctly] Moses didn't !!!! Julius Caesar changed it from March to Jan 1, 44 BC.
Enoch must have used the month that later became Adar after they came out of Babylon.  Egyptians used the heliacal rising of Sirius for their new year.
Supposedly we calculate our new year with the crossing of a particular star at the meridian at midnight on Dec 31.  Guess which star that is supposed to be.  Well, Sirius doesn't cross 'till Jan 11. 
Dr. E. W. Bullinger said Sirius was His star.  Was Julius C. privy to something we are not?  We'll soon see.  So many calendars!!!!

Exodus 23:14-16  "Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year. 
Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib;
and the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field."
May you all be blessed, jfh