Are Christians bound by the Sabbath-keeping rules prescribed in the Old Testament? What of Paul’s injunction against Sabbath keeping in Colossians 2:16? Written from a Seventh-day Adventist perspective, the Andrews University Press Sabbath Studies Collection will equip you with the knowledge to begin answering these questions. Geared for both the scholar and the layperson, these books examine the issues surrounding Sabbath keeping from biblical and theological perspectives. Whether you are a pastor or a parishioner, this collection is a must.
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Popular claims about the Old and New Covenants have diminished the gospel and narrowed the faith and spiritual life of millions of Christians. Those claims have introduced confusion about what it truly means to “keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” In In Granite or Ingrained? What the Old and New Covenants Reveal about the Gospel, the Law, and the Sabbath, Christians will see a dynamic element of the gospel in the profound relationship between love and law. They will, perhaps for the first time, understand the apparent dichotomy of old and new covenants in the New Testament. In the process, they will be confronted with a powerful appeal and an unmistakable warning.
In this volume, MacCarty offers a brilliant defense of the fundamental unity of the Scriptures. Writing with passion and careful thought, he begins by demonstrating that the fundamental character of God’s covenants with Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Israel was determined by the DNA of the new covenant (Jeremiah 31). After helpfully distinguishing between the historical and experiential old and new covenants, he invites his readers to celebrate with him the glorious fact that in the old covenant, as much as in the new covenant, God offers a “grace-based, gospel-bearing, and mission-directed” covenantal relationship with Himself. Until Christians grasp this message, the Old Testament will remain a dead book to the church.
—Daniel I. Block, Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College
This is one of the most important books available about the relationship between the gospel, the law, and the Sabbath.
—Norman R. Gulley, research professor in systematic theology, Southern Adventist University
I consider this to be one of the best treatments on the old and new covenants. The work is well-documented and yet straightforward. It is clear, forceful, biblical, cogent, lucid. And MacCarty’s writing style meets a wide audience, from scholars to laity.
—Richard Davidson, J.N. Andrews Professor of Old Testament exegesis, Andrews University
This is a must read for people interested in this all-important subject.
—George R. Knight, professor of church history, Andrews University
Skip MacCarty is associate pastor for evangelism at Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University. He holds a DMin and is a specialist on the relationship between stress and spiritual life.
Sabbatarians have argued for centuries that the “sabbath” of Colossians 2:16 refers to the Jewish ceremonial sabbaths, and not the Decalogue Sabbath, based on a plain-sense reading of the context. Traditional Christian interpretation of that passage has generally bypassed the context and relied on other arguments, often unexamined by careful exegesis. In this book, du Preez examines those other arguments. In a wide-ranging engagement with Scripture, he considers relevant exegetical, linguistic, structural, syntactical, and intertextual factors that could be used to support them. In the process, he finds the evidence pointing forcefully against the traditional interpretation. Grounded firmly on a high view of Scripture, du Preez’s conclusions challenge any argument that relies on Colossians 2:16 in order to deny the continuing moral imperative of the seventh-day Sabbath.
Ron du Preez, originally from South Africa, holds a ThD in theological ethics from the University of South Africa, a DMin in missions from Andrews University, and is a PhD candidate in New Testament studies at the University of the Western Cape. He has taught theology, religion, and ethics in colleges and universities in North America and Africa, is the author and editor of a dozen books, and has been a frequent contributor to scholarly journals in the areas of religion and ethics.
In The Lost Meaning of the Seventh Day, Sigve K. Tonstad recovers the profound and foundational understanding of God that can be experienced in the seventh day. He shows that Scripture has consistently asserted that the Sabbath of Creation is the Sabbath of the whole story of how God makes right what has gone wrong in the world. Tonstad argues that the seventh day is the symbol of God’s faithfulness precisely when God’s presence seems to be in doubt. He demonstrates how God, through the seventh day, seeks the benefit of all creation. Inevitably, this leads to an investigation of how this universal symbol became obscured.
This sweeping work of biblical theology and historical analysis traces the seventh day as it is woven throughout Scripture and the history of Christianity. Its 27 chapters consider, among other things, the relationship of the seventh day to freedom, to social conscience, to the “greatest commandment,” and to the enigmatic “rest that remains.” Tonstad engages the move away from the seventh day in early Christian history, the mindset in medieval Christianity, and the sobering long-term implications leading all the way to the Holocaust and the ecological crises in our time.
This will be a classic! Truly a magnum opus on the Sabbath, it is this generation’s most complete and insightful work on the topic. Not only does it satisfy the academic theologian with its fresh perspectives, but it also creatively shares practical gems that will inspire a lay believer.
—Lawrence T. Geraty, president emeritus, La Sierra University, past president, American Schools of Oriental Research
Usually I have trouble reading for a long period such massive tomes as this, but Tonstad’s writing is so stimulating that I couldn’t put the book down! Tonstad is a master of both biblical exegesis and historical scholarship. I heartily recommend this book to all who love God and the Sabbath Day and to all who yearn to grow in that love.
—Marva J. Dawn, author of Keeping the Sabbath Wholly and In the Beginning GOD, is teaching fellow in spiritual theology, Regent College
Sigve Tonstad’s wide-ranging study of biblical teaching about the Sabbath offers fresh, provocative readings of texts from across the entirety of the canon, while constantly engaging the best recent scholarship. The result 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.
—Richard B. Hays, George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at the Divinity School, Duke University
Sigve Tonstad combines careful biblical theology with an insightful unfolding of history to reveal the story behind the story, well informed by a broad range of critical literature. All this is achieved with a literary finesse that makes it a delight to read despite the rigor of much of the theological discourse. Every pastor and theologian should read this book. It will transform the thinking on a matter of immense biblical significance.
—Edwin Reynolds, professor of New Testament and Greek, Southern Adventist University (SDA)
This book is a broad and serious treatment of the Sabbath, a central biblical theme. Instead of dealing with criticisms often leveled against the Sabbath, Sigve K. Tonstad effectively develops biblical and theological teachings of the Sabbath. In addition to dealing with themes readers expect, the author also explores themes usually not addressed. This book deserves a careful reading.
—Nikolaus Satelmajer, editor, Ministry International Journal for Pastors
Sigve K. Tonstad, originally from Norway, is assistant professor of religion and associate professor of medicine at Loma Linda University in California. He is author of Saving God’s Reputation (T&T Clark, 2006) along with three other books as well as numerous articles which have appeared in both scholarly and non-scholarly journals.
Melchizedek M. Ponniah
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