In megilas esther the months of the year are called out by name. For example the 12th month is called adar. Is there anywhere else in tanach that months are referred to by name?

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    Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/14830
    – Fred
    Jul 19, 2015 at 22:22
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    All over the place. Just maybe not with the names you are familiar with.
    – Double AA
    Jul 20, 2015 at 0:16
  • Follow up on @DoubleAA's comment and to verify. Are you seeking only the Baylonian names we use today or some of the other names that were used in Tanac"h, as well. There are a few mentioned, particularly, in Sefer Melachim (Kings) that are no longer used, today.
    – DanF
    Jul 20, 2015 at 16:50
  • @DanF The OP specifically mentioned Adar. I understood that to mean that Babylonian names were desired. (Double AA is definitely right that the post may be slightly less than perfectly accurate, but I think we all know what is meant here)
    – MTL
    Jul 22, 2015 at 17:05

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Just searching around in Torat Emet finds a few mentions of different months, in Tanach, besides for Adar:


Esther 3:7

Nechemiah 2:1


Esther 8:9


Yechezkel 8:14 (kidding)


Nechemiah 6:15


Nechemiah 1:1

Zechariah 7:1


Esther 2:16


Zechariah 1:7

NB: This list may be incomplete.

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    This answer could not have been written so quickly were it not for Hod's referencer -- thanks! :-D
    – MTL
    Jul 19, 2015 at 22:32
  • In the Gemara in Rosh Hashanah (7a-ish) many of these pesukim are brought as proofs that Nissan is the first month of the year.
    – DonielF
    Jun 17, 2016 at 18:43
  • Also, Ester 3:7, 3:13, 8:12, and 9:1 all reference Adar as being the 12th month.
    – DonielF
    Jun 17, 2016 at 18:45

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