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The witness of

The Twelveth Century

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.



"Traces of Sabbath-keepers are found in the times of Gregory I, Gregory VII, and in the twelfth century in Lombardy."

Strongs Cyclopaedia, 1, 660.



"Robinson gives an account of some of the Waldenses of the Alps, who were called Sabbati, Sabbatati, Insabbatati, or more frequently Inzabbatati. ‘One says they were so named from the Hebrew word Sabbath, because they kept the Saturday for the Lord’s day’."

"General History of the Baptist Denomination," Vol. II, p. 413.


Spain: (Alphonso of Aragon).

"Alphonse, king of Aragon, etc., to all archbishops, bishops, and to all others... "We command you that heretics, to wit, Waldenses and Insabbathi, should be expelled away from the face of God and from all Catholics and ordered to depart from our kingdom."

"Marianae, Praefatio in Lucam Tudensem," found in
"Macima Bibliotheca Veterum Patrum," Vol. 25, p. 190.



"Among the documents, we have by the same peoples, an explanation of the Ten Commandments dated by Boyer 1120. Observance of the Sabbath by ceasing from worldly labours, is enjoined."

Blair, "History of the Waldenses," Vol. 1, p. 220.



"There is much evidence that the Sabbath prevailed in Wales universally until A. D. 1115, when the first Roman bishop was seated at St. David’s. The old Welsh Sabbath-keeping churches did not even then altogether bow the knee to Rome, but fled to their hiding places."

Lewis, "Seventh Day Baptists in Europe and America," Vol. 1, p. 29.



"For twenty years Peter de Bruys stirred southern France. He especially emphasised a day of worship that was recognised at that time among the Celtic churches of the British Isles, among the Paulicians, and in the great Church of the East namely, that seventh day of the fourth commandment."



The papal author, Bonacuisus, wrote the following against the "Pasagini’:

"Not a few, but many know what are the errors of those who are called Pasagini... First, they teach that we should obey the Sabbath. Furthermore, to increase their error, they condemn and reject all the church Fathers, and the whole Roman Church."

"D’Achery, Spicilegium I, f. 211-214;
Muratory, Antiq. med. aevi, 5, f. 152, Hahn, 3, 209."


Hungary, France, England, Italy, Germany:
(Referring to the Sabbath-keeping Pasagini)

"The spread of heresy at this time is almost incredible. From Bulgaria to the Ebro, from northern France to the Tiber, everywhere we meet them. Whole countries are infested, like Hungary and southern France; they abound in many other countries; in Germany, in Italy, in the Netherlands and even in England they put forth their efforts."

Dr. Hahn, "Gesch, der Ketzer," 1, 13, 14.


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