The Sabbath under crossfire
Der biblische Ruhetag als Chance für den modernen Menschen
Autor: Samuele Bacchiocchi
Few Biblical doctrines have been under a constant crossfire of controversy during Christian history as has the Sabbath. A bibliographic survey indicates that since the sixteenth-century Reformation, over 2000 books, besides countless articles, have been published on this subject.
In recent times, the controversy has been rekindled by at least three significant developments: (1) Numerous doctoral dissertations and articles have been written by Sunday keeping scholars who argue for the abrogation of the Sabbath in the New Testament and for the apostolic origin of Sunday. (2) The abandonment of the Sabbath promoted by former Sabbatarian organizations like the Worldwide Church of God and other independent congregations. These former Sabbatarian Christians who in the past championed the observance of the Sabbath, now reject the day as a Mosaic, Old Covenant ordinance, no longer binding upon "New Covenant" Christians. (3) The newly released Pastoral Letter Dies Domini of Pope John Paul II that calls for a revival of Sunday observance.
Dies Domini is a historical document of enormous significance because the Pope grounds the moral obligation of Sunday observance in the Sabbath Commandment itself, by making Sunday the embodiment and "full expression" of the Sabbath. By making Sunday observance a moral imperative rooted in the Decalogue, the Pope calls upon all Christians to "strive to ensure that civil legislation respects their duty to keep Sunday holy."
In The Sabbath Under Crossfire, Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi examines the recent attacks against the Sabbath within the larger historical context of the origin and development of the anti-Sabbath theology. An understanding of how the abrogation view of the Sabbath began and developed through the centuries, is essential for comprehending why the Sabbath is still under crossfire today.
The book analyzes in a systematic way the most common arguments used to negate the continuity and validity of the Sabbath for today. With compelling Biblical reasoning, it unmasks the fallacies of the attempts made to reduce the Sabbath to a Mosaic institution, fulfilled by Christ and condemned by Paul.
The final chapter, "Rediscovering the Sabbath," offers an informative update on the rediscovery of the Sabbath by numerous religious groups, scholars, and church leaders. Most important of all, this book will enrich your understanding of how the Sabbath can enable you to experience the Savior’s presence, peace, and rest in your life.
Handbook of Seventh-day Adventist Theology
Autor: Kenneth A. Strand
This book is a reference work. It covers all the major aspects of this topic. If you like to investigate and search for the meaning of the Sabbath in the Old Testament or its role in the New Testament. It provides a genereal Overview as well as a detailed insight into the topic. Some like to know more about the Biblical Theology of the Sabbath or the importance of the Sabbath for Christinas today. It is a good source to get well explored information about these topics. Of course, the Sabbath in History may not be absent in such a great repository. Through the centurys you will get a quick insight in the history of the sabbath. Finally, you will get an comprehensive view about Ellen G. White and the Sabbath.
The History of the Sabbath
and First Day of the Week
Autor: John N. Andrews
The history of the Sabbath embraces a period of 6,000 years. The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord. The acts which constituted it such were, first, the examples of the Creator; secondly, His placing His blessing upon the day; and thirdly, the sanctification or diving appointment of the day to a holy use. The Sabbath, therefore, dates from the beginning of our world's history. It is the object of this volume to note the record of the Sabbath in secular history and show the several steps by which the Sunday festival has usurped the place of this ancient Sabbath.