A 7 Day Week?

The Jewish week was established at the time of creation as a seven-day cycle. Today we take this for granted, but the idea that humans should organize and track their time around seven days was not always universally accepted. Six and ten-day weeks can be found in several ancient cultures. Moreover, in the Israelite/Jewish week, the days, instead of being named, are simply numbered. Only the seventh day has been privileged to have its own name שַׁבָּת (Shabbat) – the Sabbath.

Discover the Mysteries of the Scriptures

The word שַׁבָּת (Shabbat) comes from the creation story when God rested on the seventh day after six days of work (Genesis 2:1-3). In Hebrew, the word Shabbat means “resting”. God blessed that day, and it has been holy ever since. Just as “Shabbat” has a deeper meaning in Hebrew, gain from reading the Bible in the original language. Enroll today in our live, online Biblical Hebrew course and discover the mysteries of the Scriptures.