My Research on the Bible and Biblical Hebrew Shorties

Values of Hebrew Day-Names in Genesis 1 Represent Ordinal Positions

All week-days in Genesis 1 have specific names.

These are (Hebrew, left to right):

Echad (“One”; Sunday); Sheni (“Second”; Monday); Shlishi (“Third”; Tuesday); Reviee (“Fourth”; Wed.); Chamishi (“Fifth”; Thurs.); Yom Ha-Shishi (“The Sixth Day”; Friday); Yom Ha-Sheviee (“The Seventh Day”; Sat.) or Shabbat (Sabbath).

Each of these biblical Hebrew names has a specific numerical value, the sum total of the numeric values of the Hebrew letters comprising the name.

Do these values represent the ordinal position of the days they represent?

Pursuing the same method used by me throughout my research of the Bible and biblical Hebrew (namely, “linear plot indicates same set of values, represented by two different scales”), the attached plot, with the explanatory comments that follow, seem to support the claim expressed in the title of this post:


2 replies on “Values of Hebrew Day-Names in Genesis 1 Represent Ordinal Positions”

Hello dear Professor Shore!
I read the post and went over the document b”h

Indeed as you suggested it seems to be linearly correlated once the Shabbat is the main axis. This is increasingly interesting to me as the model of time seems to be circular and not linear where the Shabbat is the middle part in a centered 7 pointed hexagonal shape going up/down like stairs in a light house where the Central point is the Shabbat.

There is a Hebrew source saying indeed the 6 days of creation were of 28 hours and then Hashem took 1/7th (somewhat connected to the remainder of pi 3 + 1/7) i.e 4 hours from each day and combined those 6 1/7th into a complete 24 hours Shabbat day while the rest of days became 24 hours each.
Why do it this way? why not make them 24 hours each from the beginning? Because even if it was 24 hours from the beginning of time, the above meaning is all about the architecture the connects the Shabbat to all days surrounding it!

There’s much to say about this subject, I liked the post and want to thank you for your work and for taking the time to show it to us.

Have a Shabbat Shalom and Happy Matan Torah basa”d!



Hi Oren, Very happy to “hear” from you again. Your comment is very insightful, and indeed in line with the general attitude towards time of the Jewish faith, namely, the circular nature of time. This shows up in the very name of “Jewish holiday”, Hag, which derives from the biblical Hebrew, Hug, namely, a circle. Same for “year”, Shanah, which implies repetition, and for other originally Jewish concepts, like Week (in Hebrew Shavuah, deriving from Sheva, namely, seven, namely, period of seven days), Sabbatical (Shabbaton in Hebrew), Jubilee (from the Hebrew, Yovel) and others. Thank you for your comment and your kind words, blessing, Haim


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