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He wanted to unite the two most influential factions in his empire: pagans and Christians.
Jews were a despised minority whose influence was to be contained and marginalized.
For a while, the week and the nundinal cycle coexisted, but by the time the week was officially adopted by Constantine in AD 321, the nundinal cycle had fallen out of use.
While the pagan planetary week of seven days was known by the Romans and used regionally, the Julian calendar in use during and immediately following the life of Yahushua, still used an eight-day week. The astrological [planetary] and Christian seven-day weeks that had just been introduced into Rome were also becoming increasingly popular.
Exalting Sunday was acceptable to pagans and something on which some Christians had already compromised.
By the second century, many Christians (particularly in the west) had already come to revere Sunday as the day of the Saviour’s resurrection.
“The time was ripe for a reconciliation of state and church, each of which needed the other.
It was a stroke of genius in Constantine to realize this and act upon it.
This was the opening Constantine needed for uniting paganism and Christianity.
The seven-day planetary week was the vehicle for change.
One such inscription, dated Friday, November 5, 269 C. states: “In the consulship of Claudius and Paternus, on the Nones of November, on the day of Venus, and on the 24This stick calendar from the Baths of Titus, constructed in 79 - 81 C. shows Saturn, holding his sickle, as god of the first day of the week (Saturday).