The Seventh of the Seven: The Origin of the Weekly Rest Day

Speaker: Categories: Apr 10, 2004


(Note - this lecture is 1 CD only. Just the lecture, there was no Q&A recorded)

[1hr, 18min]


Is it all a numbers game? Is there truly something God-ordained about the seventh day of the week? Were the Israelites the first to be made aware of such uniqueness about the day which concludes the weekly cycle - at least in Western and Middle-Eastern thought? Does the nameSeventh-dayAdventist place undo emphasis on that day? Does this day make us, at least most of us who would read this introduction, special - perhaps a bit closer to Yahweh than our other Christian relatives and friends?

Our April presenter notes:'The current conflict in Iraq between Western and Islamic thought has brought to mind the age-old competition of religions. [My] wanderings through the back-roads of memory reminded [me] of [my] experiences with Adventism and [my] efforts to convince Catholics, Methodists, Episcopalians, Mormons, Jews, Disciples of Christ, Jehovah's Witnesses, and others of the error of their beliefs."

He further admits:"[I] tried to convince them that their salvation depended on their adherence to the Sabbath of the Fourth Commandment. Many of them requested [me] to prove [my] contention, and [I] was forced to search for the origins of the weekly rest day. This presentation is the result of that search."

As a reader of this announcement, how might you have undertaken such a task? Where would you begin? WouldBible Readings for the Homebe a place to start? How about a good Bible concordance? And what about the writings of the Spirit of Prophecy?

How would these sources, though interesting and informative, also be very limited? What would they lack? Where else might one go to get more information?

Have you ever felt inclined to do the kind of research which this Forum meeting will report? Did you ever feel an urge to raise some of the questions, cited below, with a SDA college professor - or church pastor?


Zane Price has been associated with the Seventh-day Adventist church for seventy years. He has observed the organization haltingly move from dogmatic fundamentalism to a more open-minded focus in trying to cope with advancing knowledge - perhaps moving from myth to Logos. His working-for-wages career found him as a researcher in several different departments at the UCLA School of Medicine. Since retiring in 1990 he has been searching further into his religious roots - and, rather especially, seeking to discover more about the origin of the Sabbath and the significance of the number seven in history.

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