On Monday 20 December 2010 07:58:42 Paul Remfry wrote:
> Was the first day of the week fixed in the late thirteenth century
> as Monday or Sunday?
> Any suggestions or written rules??
As a first suggestion, I'd refer you to the Gospel of St John 20,1
which shows clearly that in that period Sunday was the first of the week
following the Jewish usage in which Sabbath (Sat.) is last;
and I doubt that the practice of printing Monday as the first
crept in till rather recent times, probably 19-20th cent. as a result
of decline in religious observance.
1. In Greek Monday is called Deutera (2nd) and so through to Pempte (5th).
(There are non-numerical names for the other three.)
Other languages similar no doubt.
2. There's a computer program, the Unix utility cal, which prints a calendar.
Since its origin c.1970 it has begun with Sunday by default,
except for a heretical version that I spotted a couple of years ago
and I'm told has now been brought into line ...
A related question : can someone tell us the history of the (confusing)
practice among (some) Christians of calling Sunday Sabbath ?
Happy Christmas, on the seventh day this year ...
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