BIS 512 The Sabbath

Faculty: Dr. Timothy Allen (Profile)

ABOUT THE COURSE

This tutorial looks at the history, day and idea of Sabbath. Is it rest from the previous week or is it
preparation for the upcoming week? A mystical experience or a holy day? Is it a prescribed day
off complete with rituals and requirements or a period of time off from the frenzy of each week?
Is it a simple mindset change? Can we “construct” it or do we just “let it be”? Is it a specific day
or a period of time? Celebratory or simple? Sacred? Secular? Both?

We begin with a quick examination of the Sabbath in the Bible and ancient history, then interact
with Abraham Heschel in his reexamination of Sabbath, and end with a more recent, popular
spirituality of the Sabbath by Wayne Muller.

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