Atheists why is a week divided into seven days?

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
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    The seven-day week originated with the Babylonians, not the Hebrews. The Hebrews got it from them, not the other way around.

    And it's based on the supposed seven "celestial bodies" ancients ignorantly thought were on crystal domes going around the earth (Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn) -- notice the correlation with our days of the week?

    The seven-day week is astrological. That's where the Hebrews got it.


  • dealto
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    an same way I clarify the 60-minute hour, the 24-hour day, and the 360-degree circle. They were all invented by the historic Mesopotamians. The week grow to be divided into 7 days after the 7 seen (geocentric) planets: solar, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn. those planets also occurred to be stated with their gods, and the prepare includes on all the way down to us in the present day. The Hebrews did not invent the 7-day week. The week, and the mystical importance of the shape 7, were all followed rapidly from the before Mesopotamians (in many cases the Sumerians)

  • 8 years ago

    The calendar of the French revolution (French Republican Calendar) was based on a decimal system with 10 days per week. It never got big however and was only used for about 12 years between 1793 and 1805 and for 18 days in 1871.

    Even the clocks were changed to a decimal system, but that never caught on either.

  • Corey
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Tradition, tracing back to the Babylonians, who divided the month into four seven day periods, with each seventh day after the new Moon as a "taboo day". Not every culture uses seven day weeks. So, why are the days of the week named after six Norse gods and one Roman god, to this day?

    I hope you didn't think you were clever.

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  • 8 years ago

    The "seven days of creation" from the Bible comes from Babylonian cultural traditions. Like many traditions, they remain today. Early man observed the seven day pattern of the lunar cycle and it has been part of human culture a long time.

    Did you really think we haven't seen this before? Trite troll is...trite.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    I am not an atheist but the question has nothing to do with faith. The phases of the moon is why a week has seven days.

  • 8 years ago

    Actually, there have been attempts in the past to standardize the calendar which included going to a 10-day week. However (much as the attempt to bring the metric system to the US), societal inertia is a powerful thing.

  • 5 years ago

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  • 8 years ago

    Because that's what the Gregorian calendar was set around.

  • 8 years ago

    Because thats how the lunar calendar is created mister

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