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The witness of

The Eighteenth 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.


"The Jacobites assembled on the Sabbath day, before the Domical day, in the temple, and kept that day, as do also the Abyssinians as we have seen from the confession of their faith by the Ethiopian king Claudius."

Abudacnus, "Historia Jacobitarum," p. 118-9 (18th Century).


Rumania: 1760 (and what is today)
Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia.

"Joseph II's edict of tolerance did not apply to the Sabbatarians, some of whom again lost all of their possessions."

Jahrgang 2, 254

Catholic priests aided by soldiers forcing them to accept Romanism nominally, and compelling the remainder to labour on the Sabbath and to attend church on Sunday, - these were the methods employed for two hundred fifty years to turn the Sabbatarians.


Germany: - Tennhardt of Nuremberg.

"He holds strictly to the doctrine of the Sabbath, because it is one of the ten commandments."

Bengel's "Leben und Wirken,- Burk, p. 579.

He himself says: "It cannot be shown that Sunday has taken the place of the Sabbath (p. 366). The Lord God has sanctified the last day of the week. Antichrist, on the other hand, has appointed the first day of the week."

K1. Auszug aus Tennhardt's "Schriften," p. 49 (printed 1712).


Bohemia and Moravia: (Today Czechoslovakia).
Their history from 1635 to 1867 is thus described by Adolf Dux:

"The condition of the Sabbatarians was dreadful. Their books and writings had to be delivered to the Karlsburg Consistory to become the spoil of flames."

''Aus Ungarn,"- pp. 289-291. Leipzig, 1880.


Holland and Germany:

Dr. Cornelius states of East Friesland, that when Baptists were numerous, "Sunday and holidays were not observed," (they were Sabbath-keepers).

"Der Antell Ostfrieslands and. Ref. Muenster," 1852, pp. 29, 34.


Moravia: Count Zinzendorf.

In 1738 Zinzendorf wrote of his keeping the Sabbath thus:

"That I have employed the Sabbath for rest many years already, and our Sunday for the proclamation of the gospel."

"Budingsche Sammlung," Sec. 8, p.224. Leipzig, 1742.


America: 1741 Moravian Brethren
(after Zinzendorf arrived from Europe).

"As a special instance it deserves to be noticed that he is resolved with the church at Bethlehem to observe the seventh day as rest day.

Id., pp. 5, 1421, 1422.


But before Zinzendorf and the Moravians at Bethlehem thus began the observance of the Sabbath and prospered, there was a small body of German Sabbath-keepers in Pennsylvania.

See Rupp's "History of Religious
Denominations in the United States," - pp. 109-123.

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J. F. Coltheart. 1954.

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