Departmental Bulletin Paper Variances of the Sabbath : Ezekiel’s Sabbaths as a clue for the reexamination of the concept of the Sabbath

Ueoka, Yoshiko  ,  ウエオカ, ヨシコ  ,  上岡, 好子

7pp.20 - 40 , 2016-03-31 , 同志社大学一神教学際研究センター(CISMOR) , Transcription:ドウシシャ ダイガク イッシンキョウ ガクサイ ケンキュウ センター(CISMOR) , Alternative:Doshisha University, Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Monotheistic Religions (CISMOR)
The concept of the Sabbath has generally been interpreted as the Sign of Covenant within the framework of the Priestly theology, which emanates from two basic assumptions concerning the ideas of time and rest. This paper will critically discuss how these various interpretations have gone far beyond their original biblical sources. First, using the originality of "My Sabbaths" in the book of Ezekiel as a clue, the background of the Deuteronomic concept of divine rage is discussed as Yahweh’s distinctive sign against other gods. Next, the paper examines how the establishment of the Sabbath as a cultic day formed the identity of the nation, despite the concept not yet being defined as the seventh day of rest. The paper concludes with the suggestion that the concept of the Sabbath is multifaceted and merits further inquiry.

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