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Judging the Sabbath
Discovering What Can't Be Found in Colossians 2:16
by Ron du Preez
$ 19.99

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.

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Contents


    Preface
    Abbreviations for Bibles

    PART ONE
    Chapter 1: Colossians 2:16 in Perspective
    Chapter 2: Šabbāt in the Old Testament
    Chapter 3: Septuagint Rendering of Šabbat Šabbâtôn
    Chapter 4: “Sabbath” in New Testament Greek
    Chapter 5: Sabbata and Ceremonial Sabbaths
    Chapter 6: The Calendar Sequence
    Chapter 7: “Feasts” in Scripture
    Chapter 8: Sabbath and “Shadow”
    Chapter 9: Summary of Part One

    PART TWO
    Chapter 10: Use of the Old Testament in Paul’s Epistles
    Chapter 11: The Linguistics of Hosea 2:11
    Chapter 12: Literary Structures in Hosea
    Chapter 13: Literary Structures in Colossians 2
    Chapter 14: Summary of Part Two

    Appendix A: Translating Greek Words for “Sabbath”
    Appendix B: Linguistic Markers for the Hebrew Šabbāt
    Appendix C: Linguistic Markers for the Greek Sabbaton and Sabbata
    Appendix D: Notes and References
    Index of Authors
    Index of Scripture References
    Index of Extrabiblical References


 
2008 | 208 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-883925-62-8
$ 19.99

 

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