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TO DONNA from Canada
Guestbook Message dated:
July 12,1998

Thank you Donna for signing the guestbook. I will try to answer your question about the Sabbath. I will do this from a direct quote from a Catholic Encyclopedia which explains it this way.

"The seventh day of the Jewish week. The word is related to a Hebrew verb for "to cease" or "to rest." The beginnings of Sabbath observance remain obscure, although it seems clear that the practice of the Sabbath in its present form was established at least by the time of the monarchy in Israel. The Sabbath was observed by rest from work for slaves and animals as well as for the ordinary Israelite. The day was also marked by a religious and worship activity. The details of the proper observance of the Sabbath came to be very minutely expressed. So, for example, the lighting of fire was forbidden, as was the carrying of loads, cooking and a host of other activities. The hyper-rigorous interpretation of the Sabbath became a source of contention between Jesus and the Pharisees (Matthew 12:2-4, Mark 3:1-5 etc.). Jesus' attitude as represented in Mark 2:27 was that the Sabbath was made for man, and not vice versa. In time, the early Christians took to celebrating the first day of the week rather than the seventh. They were mindful of the fact that the Resurrection had taken place on the first day of the week, as had the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.":
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