Cotton, Paul. From Sabbath to Sunday: A Study in Early Christianity
Cotton, Paul. From Sabbath to Sunday: A Study in Early Christianity

Cotton, Paul. From Sabbath to Sunday: A Study in Early Christianity

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Cotton, Paul. From Sabbath to Sunday: A Study in Early Christianity. Bethlehem, Pa: Times Publishing Co., 1933. [3642]

Black cloth, 5 1/2 x 8, 1952 former owner' signature on ffep, 184 clean and unmarked pp., tight. Very good. Hardcover.

"Dr. Cotton finds that most of the problems connected with the origin of the Lord's Day are to be solved by noting the influences of Judaism upon the early church. On the basis of extensive citations from the rabbinic sources, he indicates that there was a considerable opposition to the rigorous legalism of first-century Judaism on the part of the common people. The attitude of Paul toward the law is taken as an illustration of a further development of this tendency. As the breach between Judaism and the Church widened, a consciousness of separate identity developed on the part of Christians which made separate fasts, ceremonies, and sacred days desirable. The Jewish Sabbath formed the precedent for the Christian Sunday; the Pharisaic weekly fast days for those of the Church; and the Jewish weekly Kiddush with its breaking of bread and its cup of blessing explains the weekly Eucharist...Finally, the popularity of Sunday in Mithraism in the Roman world was of great influence in bringing that day to pre-eminence in the Christian Church." - McCasland, The Journal of Religion April 1934.