The Sabbath

Sabbath is a day of rest, of abstention from work. It’s an idea found in the account in Genesis 2:2, "On the seventh day God . . . rested . . . from all the work that he had done” and God’s commandment in Exodus 20:8 that the Israelites “remember the sabbath day” (NRSV). In Jewish traditions, Sabbath is observed from sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday.

People around the world also set aside Saturday or Sunday, recognizing the value of a time of rest. But did you know that Christians traditionally worship on Sunday to remember the resurrection of Jesus, as described in the Gospels? The transition from the Jewish Sabbath on Saturday to Sunday may have been done to distinguish early Christians from other Jewish sects.

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