The pattern of weeks provides a useful framework for marking time in agricultural and religious life. The story of creation is described in terms of seven days and illustrates a cycle of work and rest. Feasts and other rituals last for a certain number of weeks.
The seven days of creation
Seven-day intervals or periods
After building the ark Noah had seven days’notice of the flood Ge 7:4
Noah sent out the dove at seven-day intervals See also Ge 8:8-12
Rituals lasting seven days
Menstrual impurity Lev 15:19
Initial period of uncleanness after childbirth Lev 12:1-2 This would be fourteen days if the child were a girl (Lev 12:5).
The Feast of Weeks
Feasts lasting seven days
God promises that times and seasons will always continue
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