Unlike English (and many other languages) where the days of the week are named after gods and mythological figures, the Hebrew days are faithful only to the Bible and are simple ordinal numbers, named after the order of the Creation as described in the Bible. We’ll review each day in light of the Bible. For contrast, we’ll also briefly mention the origin of the English, ancient Greek and other origins of these names.
1. English and Old Anglo-Saxon – The name Monday comes from the Anglo-Saxon monandaeg, “the moon’s day”. This second day was sacred for the pagans and named after the goddess of the moon.
2. Hebrew – yom she•ni indicates the ordinal number second. “Yom” means “day” and “she•ni” simply means “the second.” The related cardinal number is “she•na•yim” (two).
In the Bible Monday is called “yom she•ni,” – “the second day.” To refresh your memory, here is the accomplishment of Creation on the second day of our planet:
“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven”