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Reimar Vetne | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 25 2013 1:57 PM

Let me comment on this $29.95 "Sabbath Studies Collection" for Logos users outside the Adventist tradition, who might not be familiar with these books.

  • Skip MacCarty, In Granite or Ingrained? What the Old and New Covenants Reveal about the Gospel, the Law, and the Sabbath

The relationship between the Old and the New Testaments, and the validity of the former for Christians, is one of the most foundational yet difficult issues in all of Christian theology. Some believe the Old Testament is completely abolished and has no normative value for Christians, others believe the OT is just as valid for Christians today in all its detailed legislation, and the majority of us are somewhere in between. One excellent summary of the discussion is the 1996 "Five views" resource by Zondervan,

MacCarty's book is another significant contribution to the discussion. He takes the position of basic continuity between the OT and NT, including the continual relevance of the sabbath. It is well worth a read for anyone.

  • Ron du Preez, Judging the Sabbath: Discovering What Can’t Be Found in Colossians 2:16

The majority view in scholarship on Colossians 2:16 ("let no one judge you regarding food or drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or sabbaths") is that the sabbaths (σαββάτων) here refer to the weekly day of rest. It appears that Paul lists celebrations of an annual ("festival"), monthly ("new moon") and weekly ("sabbaths") nature, and so for Paul any day of the week (or none) was acceptable as a weekly holy day for the Lord.

Ron du Preez challenges this majority view, and makes the case that "sabbaths" in Col 2:16 refer not to the weekly sabbath but is an allusion to Hosea 2:11 where annual sabbaths are in view (like Yom Kippur and other annual celebrations that were labelled 'sabbaths'). So this verse is not the simple proof-text against weekly sabbath-keeping that many believe it to be.

  • Sigve Tonstad, The Lost Meaning of the Seventh Day

At almost 600 pages Sigve Tonstad has produced arguably the most comprehensive "theology of the sabbath" available today, certainly one of the most positive and inspiring ones, constantly focusing on what relevant meaning the day has for modern Christians. In the words of Richard Hays, this work "is a luminous, deeply encouraging book that beckons readers to understand the seventh day as a celebration of God’s gracious work of creation and God’s faithful intent to restore and heal all that is broken."

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Lynden Williams | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 26 2013 5:27 AM

Thanks Reimar.

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