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A Brief History of Sunday: From the New Testament to the New Creation

Format: Digital
, 2017
ISBN: 9780802874719


In this book noted Christian historian Justo González tells the story of how and why Christians have worshiped on Sunday from the earliest days of the church to the present.

After discussing the views and practices relating to Sunday in the ancient church, González turns to Constantine and how his policies affected Sunday observances. He then recounts the long process, beginning in the Middle Ages and culminating with Puritanism, whereby Christians came to think of and strictly observe Sunday as the Sabbath. Finally, González looks at the current state of things, exploring especially how the explosive growth of the church in the Majority World has affected the observance of Sunday worldwide.

Readers of this book will rediscover the joy and excitement of Sunday as the early church celebrated it and will find inspiration in an age of increasing indifference and hostility to Christianity.

Key Features

  • Discusses Sunday as a day of worship throughout history
  • Presents an authoritative yet accessible historical overview of Christian Sunday worship


  • Part 1: Before Constantine
    • Naming the Days
    • When to Meet
    • The Significance of the First Day of the Week
    • Christian Practices on the First Day of the Week
  • Part 2: From Constantine to the End of Antiquity
    • Constantine and the New Imperial Policy
    • Changes in Christian Worship
    • Laws Regarding the Lord’s Day
    • Christian View on the Sabbath
  • Part 3: The Middle Ages
    • A New Sunday Piety: From Feast to Funeral
    • A Day to Pray and to Play
    • Aquinas on Sunday and Sabbath
  • Part 4: The Reformation and Beyond
    • The Reformation
    • British Puritanism and the Sabbath
    • Seventh-Day Sabbatarianism
    • The Continuation of Puritan Sabbatarianism
    • Secularization and Renewal
  • Title: A Brief History of Sunday: From the New Testament to the New Creation
  • Author: Justo L. González
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 2017
  • Logos Release Date: 2017
  • Pages: 175
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital > Logos Edition
  • Subject: Sunday > History
  • ISBN: 9780802874719
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2019-10-03T22:08:19Z

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About Justo L. González

Justo L. González is a retired professor of historical theology and United Methodist minister. His more than one hundred books, published in ten languages, include the acclaimed three-volume History of Christian Thought and The Story Luke Tells.

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