SABBATH RECONSIDERED: HUMAN DIGNITY AND THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT

L. Juliana M. Claassens

Abstract


This paper will consider the meaning and significance of the Sabbath commandment
through the lens of human dignity, considering how various communities in the biblical
traditions wrestled with the question of how to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. So
the Sabbath commandment will be read in terms of the dual commandment to work as well
as to rest underlying this commandment, showing how the basic human right to work as
well as to rest forms an important part of reading this commandment in terms of a human
dignity framework. In particular, this paper will show that reading the Sabbath in terms of
human dignity may offer theological resources to contemporary communities to resist the
growing tendency of disrespecting or violating people’s humanity when it comes to the
central desire and need to work.

Keywords


Sabbath; Human Dignity; Ten Commandments; Old Testament Ethics

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/106-0-148

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