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The witness of

Century 03

of Christianity

regarding the Sabbath of the Lord.

J. F. Coltheart. 1954.

Some obvious spelling mistakes in the quotations and their sources have been rectified.


Egypt: (Oxyrhynchus Papyrus 200-250AD)

"Except ye make the sabbath a real sabbath (‘sabbatize the Sabbath’, Greek) ye shall not see the Father."

"The Oxyrhynchus Papyri," Pt.1, p. 3,
Logion 2, verso 4-11
(London Offices of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 1898).


Early Christians – Century 3rd.

"Thou shalt observe the Sabbath, on account of Him who ceased from His work of creation, but ceased not from His work of providence: it is a rest for meditation of the law, not for idleness of the hands."

"The Anti-Nicene Fathers," Vol.7, p413.
From "Constitutions of the Holy Apostles,"
a document of the 3rd and 4th Centuries.


Africa: (Alexandria) Origen

"After the festival of the unceasing sacrifice (the crucifixion) is put the second festival of the Sabbath, and it is fitting for whoever is righteous among the saints to keep also the festival of the Sabbath. There remaineth therefore a sabbatismus, that is, a keeping of the Sabbath, to the people of God (Hebrews 4:9).

"Homily on Numbers 23," par. 4, in Migne,
"Patrologia Graeca," Vol. 12, cols. 749, 750.


Early Christians:

"The seventh-day Sabbath was... solemnised by Christ, the Apostles, and primitive Christians, till the Laodicean Council did in a manner quite abolish the observations of it."

"Dissertations on the Lord’s Day," pp. 33, 34, 44.


Palestine to India: (Church of the East)

As early as A. D. 225 there existed large bishoprics or conferences of the Church of the East (Sabbath-keeping) stretching from Palestine to India.

Mingana, "Early Spread of Christianity," Vol. 10, p. 460.


India: (Buddhist Controversy, 220 A. D.)

The Kushan Dynasty of North India called a famous council of Buddhist priests at Vaisalia to bring uniformity among the Buddhist monks on the observance of their weekly Sabbath. Some had been so impressed by the writings of the Old Testament that they had begun to keep holy the Sabbath.

Lloyd, "The Creed of Half Japan," p. 23.


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