the name adopted from the Babylonians by the Jews after the Captivity for the third civil, or ninth ecclesiastical, month (Neh. 1:1; Zech. 7:1). It corresponds nearly with the moon in November.
chisleu, chis′lū, n. the ninth month of the Jewish year, including parts of November and December.
This was held in the winter, on the 25th of the month chisleu (December), and for eight days thereafter.
Thus it is plain that in the monthly calendar of the king's actual reign the month chisleu came first in order, and then Nisan.
chisleu was the ninth month of the Jewish sacred year, roughly, December.
In all other references to the months derived from the Babylonians, such as the "month chisleu" in Neh.