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With one simple question, I believe I can answer this: since when is Iyar to Nissan twelve months? Even if we assume that it was Rosh Chodesh Iyar on which this incident took place, why would the Mishnah round it to twelve months, when all the others are exact? The answer must be that that year was a leap year.1 This can be justified based on Pirkei d'Rebbi ...

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