Sabbath and Sectarianism in Seventeenth Century England

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BRILL, 1988 - History - 224 pages
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This book is a study of the pratical application of a religious idea: the belief in the continuing validity of the Old Testament, especially the Ten Commandments, which ordained the observance of the Sabbath on the seventh day, Saturday. The author traces the growth and development of the most radical of English Sabbath observers, those who revered the Jewish Sabbath in a Christian context. But this is not only a pre-history of the Seventh-Day Adventists. It is also the story of the remarkable persistence of a revolutionary religious belief powerful and convincing enough to survive the Restoration and continue into modern times. The Saturday-Sabbath gradually became institutionalized in a nonconformist sect in which the ideological foundation was sufficient to unite men who on political grounds should have been the most bitter of enemies, including Fifth Monarchists, millenarians, neutrals, and Royalists alike. That those men and their followers could amicably join forces after the Restoration is testimony to the power of religious ideas which might overshadow the political affiliations of the civil war.

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David S. Katz is a former senior special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration. He is an expert in conducting complex international criminal investigations, high-risk arrests, undercover operations, physical and technical surveillance, and intelligence analysis. He also spent four years as a primary firearms instructor at the FBI/DEA Academy, where he taught firearms and tactics. In addition, he is an expert in physical site security and the tactical use and deployment of bullet and explosive-resistant armor and glass.
Ilan Caspi is a former senior Israeli Secret Service officer who has served in the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel and at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. During his assignment in Washington, he conducted a review of existing embassy security protocols and implemented improvements. He is a practiced expert in conducting threat assessments and analyzing security intelligence data. He has managed security operations at key facilities and public events and is a dignitary protection specialist.

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