Bible Timeline Events in February 2023

Written by Dianna Wiebe on .

Welcome to February 2023! This month we look at the biblical calendar to see what we can learn about the people and events to the Bible. When you discover the importance of the biblical calendar, it will change your Bible study forever!

Our modern month of February spans the biblical months of Shevat (shuh-VAT) and Adar (ahDAR).

February 6- Shevat 15

  • New Year of Trees: Each year trees are planted but it was hard to keep track of how old a tree was in order to fulfill the scriptural mandate in Leviticus. So, a date was set, and all trees planted by Shevat 15 were considered a year older on the next Shevat 15. Leviticus 19:23-25; 26:3-4

February 11- Shevat 20

  • Asher: Jewish tradition recognizes this date as the birthday of Asher, son of Jacob and Leah’s servant Zilpah. Asher was Jacob’s eighth son, born while he was living in Padan Aram.  Genesis 35:26

February 14- Shevat 23

  • War with Benjamin: During the time of the judges, the men of Israel gathered and fought against the tribe of Benjamin because they would not turn over men of their tribe for judgment. The battle nearly destroyed the tribe of Benjamin. Judges 19:14-20:48

February 15 – Shevat 24

  • War Horses Among the Myrtle Trees: On this day the prophet Zechariah saw a vision of horses among the myrtle trees. Zechariah 1:7-11

February 17 – Shevat 26

  • Presentation of Jesus: In Christian tradition, we remember Jesus being presented to the priest at the Second Temple in Jerusalem by Joseph. At this time Mary offered a sacrfice for her purfication
    in accordance with Leviticus 12:1-8. While at the Temple, Simeon and Anna prophesied over Jesus. Luke 2:22-38.

February 23- Shevat 28

  • Half-Shekel: According to some Christian traditions, this is the day Jesus told Peter to catch a fish, take the coin from its mouth, and pay the Temple tax of half a shekel for each of them. Matthew 17:24-27

February 22 – Adar 1

  • Lent Begins: Today is known as Ash Wednesday in the Christian tradition and marks the beginning of a forty-day fast known as Lent. Lent is a time of fasting, repenting, and giving to those in need in preparation for the celebration of Easter. Lent has been observed in some form since the fourth century.
  •  New Moon/New Month: The month of Adar I begins today. Adar is pronounced ah-DAR.
  • Plague of darkness: According to Jewish history, this is the date the plague of darkness began in Egypt. The children of Israel living in Goshen were not affected by the plague of darkness. Exodus 10:2.

February 24 – Adar 3

  • Second Temple Completed: Under the leadership of Zerubbabel and Jeshua, the first group of captives returned to Jerusalem from captivity in Babylon. After many years and several delays, the Second Temple was completed and dedicated to God on this day.  Ezra 6:13-16

March 6 – Adar 3

  • Second Temple Completed: Under the leadership of Zerubbabel and Jeshua, the first group of captives returned to Jerusalem from captivity in Babylon. After many years and several delays, the Second Temple was completed and dedicated to God on this day.  Ezra 6:13-16

March 8 – Adar 5

  • Moses’ Final Instructions: Over the past forty days Moses had given the children of Israel his final instructions, today marks the last of day of his address to them. Deuteronomy 31:24-32.

March 9 – Adar 6

  • Moses and the Pentateuch: On Adar 6, 1273 BC, Moses completed the thirteen copies of the Pentateuch according to tradition. One copy was created for each of the twelve tribes of Israel and one copy for the Ark of the Covenant. Deuteronomy 31:9

March 10 – Adar 7

  • The Song of Moses: On this day, Moses gave the children of Israel a song, referred to later in Scripture as the Song of Moses. After singing this song, God allowed Moses to see the Promised Land. Deuteronomy 32:1-43
  • Moses Died: On Adar 7, 1273, Moses died at the age of 120. According to Jewish history, this was also his birthday. Moses died on Mount Nebo and was buried by God in the valley of Moab. To this day, the location of his grave is unknown. Deuteronomy 34:5-8

This month as we have looked at the Bible timeline events of February we are reminded that like Moses we both have work to do and a time when our work will be completed. What work has the Lord given you this month?

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