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Perspectives on the Sabbath presents in point-counterpoint form the four most common views of the Sabbath commandment that have arisen throughout church history, representing the major positions held among Christians today. Skip MacCarty (Andrews University) defends the Seventh-day view which argues the fourth commandment is a moral law of God requiring us to keep the ...more
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Published April 1st 2011 by B Academic (first published March 15th 2011)
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Andrew Mcneill
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's always difficult to review a multi-perspective book since the chapters are usually of uneven quality. And so it is here. But surprisingly, it's not always the views that you expect turn out to be the best chapters. Unexpectedly I found that the seventh day Adventist chapter to be one of the stronger chapters in the book - perhaps because it was strongly exegetical and focussed on explaining what the Bible said. However, when it came to explaining the New Testament passages that relativized ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm definitely in Blomberg's camp on this one ("Fulfillment" model), though it's difficult to tell the difference truly between his and the Lutheran perspective because the Lutheran took such a strange approach to his essay. . . . Pipa (Reformed Confessional) sounds like a reborn Pharisee. So does the 7th Day Adventist and frankly history's more on his side if you're going to lean Sabbatarian.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Gave me plenty of food for thought in what a Sabbath should look like. Gives 4 views and critiques by the other authors on each of the views. Very interesting.
Craig Hurst
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
When it comes to discussing the relevance and continuity of the Ten Commandments for the Christian, the dividing line seems to rest on the application of the fifth commandment – the command to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. If obedience to the Ten Commandments is still in effect for the Christian then we must keep the Sabbath. If it is not in effect for the Christian then we do not have to keep the Sabbath. This of course is tied to the NT teaching on the law which is the seedbed of much ...more
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good book detailing several different approaches to the Sabbath and argues for and against each side presented: the Seventh-Day Adventist view, the Christian Sabbath view, the Lutheran view, and the Fulfillment view. The book is pretty thick for a multiple-perspective book, but, while it could have been pared down some, it also gives a very comprehensive look at the major positions.

In my opinion, the largest and most important debate in this book was very much between the
Daniel Wells
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very helpful book which explores the basic positions of the Sabbath debate. My main complaint is that the authors are very wordy and could have shortened the book by about half without sacrificing content. I also wonder is Arand was a necessary contributor (his his content is an interesting read). I also didn't appreciate Pipa's inappropriate accusation of Blomberg being 'antinomian' I regards to weekly worship.

However, the interaction between the authors is very helpful, and the exegetical
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Good debate on the topic. I learned a lot.
Nathan Foy
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Very helpful to clarify my own views.
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“The Creator’s example of rest is a reason for His not recording the end of the seventh day. The first six days were concluded by the cycle of evening and morning, but the ending of the seventh day is not recorded. For Adam and Eve the seventh day ended as had the previous six days; the cessation of the day, however, is left unspecified to picture the eternal rest that God would provide for His people.” 0 likes
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