It is the culmination of a 40-day process that begins as the last month of the year, Elul, begins.
In the month of Elul (September) he should arouse himself to a consciousness of the dread justice awaiting all mankind.
So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days.
These were for the benefit of visiting students and met twice a year in the months of Adar and Elul.
For the remaining days of Elul, the ordinances have much the same character as those instanced.
A complete calendar for the intercalated month of Elul has been preserved.
Ninib being a solar deity, his festival in Elul was evidently of a solar character.
For the 1st day of Elul the second, sacred to Anu and Bel, a favorable day.
But the wall was finished the five and twentieth day of the month of Elul, in two and fifty days.
The festivals in Nisan and Elul are distinctly of a solar character.