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The True Doctrine of the Sabbath

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The True Doctrine of the Sabbath

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No book had more influence in confirming a Sabbatarian “heart” to Puritanism than that of the parson of St. Andrews, Norton, Suffolk, Nicholas Bownd. The True Doctrine of the Sabbath was the first scholarly treatment defending the concept of the Christian Sabbath or Lord’s Day, later embodied in the Westminster Standards. Not reprinted since 1606, this influential work is presented afresh in a new critical edition.

Table of Contents:

Book One: The Ancient Institution and Continuance of the Sabbath

  1. The Difference of the Fourth Commandment
  2. The Sabbath Ought to Be Continued
  3. Sundry Objections against the Sabbath Propounded and Answered
  4. The Day to Be Kept as the Sabbath
  5. The Change of the Day from the Seventh to the First
  6. The Name of the Day Changed
  7. The First Part of the Commandment Is Resting
  8. The Reasons for Resting on the Sabbath Day
  9. All Degrees of Men are Commanded to Rest
  10. Six Days Work Sufficient & The Sabbath Day’s Journey
  11. All Bodily Labor Is not Forbidden
  12. Works of Necessity and Mercy on the Sabbath
  13. Christians as Strictly Bound by This Law as Were Jews
  14. Resting from Lawful Recreations 

Book Two: The Sanctification of the Sabbath

  1. The Second Part of the Command: Sanctifying the Day
  2. There Is to Be a Precise Keeping of the Sabbath
  3. Public Worship on the Sabbath
  4. Public Worship: The Ordinances Thereof
  5. Public Worship: From the Heart for Our Salvation
  6. Public Worship: Collections for the Poor
  7. The Sabbath Is a Whole Day
  8. Private Worship: Preparing for Public Worship
  9. Private Worship: Meditating & Conferring on God’s Word
  10. Private Worship: Meditating on God’s Works
  11. Private Worship: Singing of Psalms
  12. Works of Mercy
  13. The Keeping of the Sabbath to Be Urged by Superiors
  14. Conclusion

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