Re: Why 7 day week ?

Richard Ottolini (stgprao@sugarland.unocal.COM)
15 Feb 1995 13:47:06 GMT

In article <>,
Todd Michel McComb <> wrote:
>In article <> Ian P Kemp writes:
>>So is the 7-day week a traditional calendar in Japan (& rest of
>>Asia), or is it a recent importation ?
>This is a topic of great interest to me. If someone has a reference
>on the world-wide spread of the 7-day week, I'd really like to know
>about it.

Well, it is in the Bible- the early old testament that was pretty much put
together 800-500 B.C. One would want to check whether any of the
cultures interacting with the Israeli's had seven day weeks.

Since many weekdays are named after the seven visible moving lights
in the sky- five planets, sun, and moon- that is another clue to