A Day Apart:How Jews, Christians, and Muslims Find Faith, Freedom, and Joy on the Sabbath

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Oxford University Press, Jan 8, 2007 - Religion - 336 pages
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The Sabbath is the original feast day, a day of joy and freedom from work, a holy day that allows us to reconnect with God, our fellows and nature. Now, in a compelling blend of journalism, scholarship and personal memoir, Christopher D. Ringwald examines the Sabbath from Creation to the present, weaving together the stories of three families, three religions and three thousand years of history. A Day Apart is the first book to examine the Sabbath in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. A marvelously readable book, it offers a fascinating portrait of the basics of the three Sabbaths--the Muslim Juma on Friday, the Jewish Shabbat on Saturday and the Christian Lord's Day on Sunday--and introduces us to three families, including Ringwald's own, and shows how they observe the holy day and what it means to them. The heart of the book recounts the history of the Sabbath, ranging from the Creation story and Moses on Mount Sinai, to the teachings of Jesus and Muhammad, the impact of the Protestant Reformation and the Industrial Revolution, and the rise of the modern weekend. Ringwald shows that the Sabbath instinct, to observe a special day of withdrawal and repose, is universal. Indeed, all religions and philosophies teach that life is more than toil, that time should be set aside for contemplation, enjoyment and culture. In today's frantic 24/7 world, the Sabbath--a day devoted to rest and contemplation--has never been more necessary. A Day Apart offers a portrait of a truly timeless way to escape the everyday world and add meaning to our lives.
  

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Journalist Ringwald's (The Soul of Recovery ) splendid book is a welcome addition to the contemporary discussions of interreligious conversations in the 21st century. It offers a fine narrative of the ... Read full review

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Contents

From Sinai to Sunday The Holy Day in Three Religions and Three Families
1
The Birth of the Sabbath From Creation to Mount Sinai and into the Promised Land in 1100 BCE
32
The Fight for the Sabbath From the Monarchy to Jesus and the Age of the Rabbis 1000 BCE to 200 CE
52
The Lords Day Easter to 1600
77
Islams Day of Judgment
108
Citizens and Sabbatarians 1600 to 1890
131
The Sabbath Defeated Reborn Converted 1890 to the Present
157
The Window on Eternity
188
Give Me a Break Work Rest Equality Play and Place
206
The Promise of Peace Sharing the Holy Day
236
Random Notes on Keeping the Sabbath
261
Notes
266
Bibliography
281
Index
294
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