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Judging the Sabbath: Discovering What Can’t Be Found in Colossians 2:16


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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.

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  • Presents an argument for the Sabbath, grounded in Scripture, that supports traditional interpretation
  • Dissects several different arguments regarding the Sabbath
  • Offers a wide range of scriptural exegesis
  • Part One
    • Colossians 2:16 in Perspective
    • Šabbāt in the Old Testament
    • Septuagint Rendering of Šabbat Šabbātôn
    • “Sabbath” in New Testament Greek
    • Sabbata and Ceremonial Sabbaths
    • The Calendar Sequence
    • “Feasts” in Scripture
    • Sabbath and “Shadow”
    • Summary of Part One
      • Part Two
        • Use of the Old Testament in Paul’s Epistles
        • The Linguistics of Hosea 2:11
        • Literary Structures in Hosea
        • Literary Structures in Colossians 2
        • Summary of Part Two
  • Title: Judging the Sabbath: Discovering What Can’t Be Found in Colossians 2:16
  • Author: Ron du Preez
  • Publisher: Andrews University Press
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Christian Group: Seventh-day Adventist
  • Resource Type: Theology
  • Topic: 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.


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