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    The Biblical Sabbath: The Adventist Perspective


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    The Biblical Sabbath: The Adventist Perspective

    Post by JesSDA on August 17th 2012, 11:06 am

    The Biblical Sabbath: The Adventist Perspective
    Ángel Manuel Rodríguez
    I. Introduction

    In this paper we will use the final form of the biblical text to develop the Adventist view on the biblical Sabbath. Scholars commonly use the historical critical approach when dealing with this subject. They have been mainly interested in the origin and historical development of the commandment[1] and consequently they concluded that only the historical critical methodology will produce adequate results. In our case the primary interest is theological and doctrinal. We would like to move beyond a biblical theology that is conceived as a descriptive historical discipline. John J. Collins is right, "Historical criticism, consistently understood, is not compatible with a confessional theology that is committed to specific doctrines on the basis of faith."[2] Perhaps that is one of the reasons Pope John II used in the Apostolic Letter Dies Domini the biblical text in its final canonical form to develop the theology and modern relevance of the Sabbath commandment. We will use that same approach.
    The Adventist view of the Sabbath commandment as designating the seventh day as a day of rest required by God for fellowship and communion with Him is based on the facts that according to the Bible it originated during creation week. It was observed by Jesus and the apostles and there is no evidence in the biblical text to support the claim that the commandment was transferred from the seventh day to the first day of the week.

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