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7 day week

Considering I have a week left - lemme get philosophical.
I was just exploring the concept of the 7 day week.

Why is it 7 days??

The first thing to understand is that a week is not necessarily seven days - I thought as much!!

In pre-literate societies weeks of 4 to 10 days were observed; those weeks were typically the interval from one market day to the next.

The 7-day week was introduced in Rome (trust the Romans to finger around with everything) in the first century A.D. by Persian astrology fanatics, not by Christians or Jews.

The idea was that there would be a day for the five known planets, plus the sun and the moon, making seven. (Interesting Logic - though it should an 10 day week by that understanding - not 11 as you are thinking -cos we are already on 1 of the planets)

Then there's the whole concept of a "creation week" as espoused by the Bible - the narrative consists of eight divine commands, or fiats, executed over six days; days three and six each contain two commands. This is followed by a seventh day of rest.

First day: Light is created ("Let there be light.")

Second day: The firmament of Heaven is created.

Third day: Land appears, separated from the waters, and named.

Fourth day: Lights are created in the firmament of Heaven, appearing regularly, aiding time-keeping. Two particularly large lights are made, the lesser one the Moon and the greater one the Sun.

Fifth day: Air and sea creatures are created, including "great sea-monsters" or "great whales". They are commanded to be fruitful and multiply.

Sixth day: God lets the earth bring forth Land animals, and God calls them good. Man and woman are created in God's image. They are told to "be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it." Humans and animals are given plants to eat. The totality of creation is described by God as "very good".

Seventh day: God rested, and blesses the seventh day, and sanctifies it.
Ideally speaking - 7 days from now I should be resting.....

Comments

supriya said…
think rest only after 22nd

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