Talk abstract details

One Day every 216 Years, three Days each Decan.
Sepp Rothwangl


Resurrection Myths of Pythagoras, Hazon Gabriel, Hebrean heliopolitae, Phoenix and Christianity Explained by the Metonic Cycle

The paper explains the period of 216 years, which is attributed to Pythagoras, who believed being reborn after that period. It shows how this period calendrically is related to celestial movements, i.e. the Metonic cycle, and mythological worldviews as well as calendrical ceremonies of antiquity.
A secretly in my familly handed down document showing the Pythagorean triangle with numbers 216-630-666, forming with 19 of them a perfect cycle, gave me incentive to find a possible solution of the riddle, how the three days of resurrection of the Hazon Gabriel, Hebrean heliopolitae, the three days of the Phoenix, and Christian myths are related.
The Pythagorean triangle and the number 216 could have been a cryptically code to hand down and explain "sacred" astronomical or calendrical values of Sun and Moon, i.e. the intercalation of leap days in the Metonic cycle.

Waerden, Bartel L. van der : Die Pythagoreer: Religiöse Bruderschaft und Schule der Wissenschaft - Zürich Artemis-Verl. 1979.


Philemon Holland, translator (1601): C. Plinius Secundus. The Historie of the World. Book X. (Pages 270-309).

Original Latin or Greek versions on website of Hans Zimmermann.

Branch-Trevathan, George: The Qumran Solar calendar in ist Hellenistic Context, or, Why 4Q394 Begins with a Calendar

Knohl, Israel: “By Three Days, Live:” Messiahs, Resurrection, and Ascent to Heaven in Hazon Gabriel and in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Physiologus: Millstätter Handschrift online edition