This webpage is part of the website promoting the book [Jan Zuidhoek (2021) Reconstructing Metonic 19-year Lunar Cycles (on the basis of NASA’s Six Millennium Catalog of Phases of the Moon): Zwolle] and displays the table of contents of this book. The groundbreaking book on early Alexandrian Paschal reckoning in question is available via this website.







Book and Author

This book explains, by following the mainstream of the history of the computus paschalis developed from early in the third century for the purpose of determining (Alexandrian or Julian calendar) dates of Paschal Sunday which rose shortly after AD 250 in Alexandria (Egypt) to ultimately in AD 1582 (turning point in the history of chronology) flow into a more realistic method for determining (Gregorian calendar) dates of Easter, how at the time dates of Paschal Sunday depended on phases of the moon and how recently both lost Metonic 19‑year lunar cycles constructed in Alexandria before the council of Nicaea in AD 325 (turning point in the history of Christianity) were reconstructed on the basis of NASA’s Six Millennium Catalog of Phases of the Moon.

The author of this groundbreaking book was born in 1938, studied mathematics, physics, and astronomy at the university of Utrecht from 1960 to 1969, and was a teacher of mathematics from 1970 to 2001 at the Gymnasium Celeanum in Zwolle. After having gone deeply into the history of mathematics, chronology, and early Christianity, ultimately resulting in his lucid webpage Christian Era and Universal Time, he became fascinated by the Alexandrian computus. In 2009 he succeeded, by using the Six Millennium Catalog, in determining the Metonic 19‑year lunar cycle underlying the legendary 19‑year Paschal cycle of the famous third century Alexandrian computist Anatolius contained in the fourth or fifth century Latin text De ratione paschali. The presentations he gave at the international conferences on the science of computus at the university of Galway in 2010 and 2018 resulted in 2017 in a pioneering article entitled “The initial year of De ratione paschali and the relevance of its paschal dates” and in 2019 in the first edition of this book reducing that article to a preparatory study.






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