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Sabbath Laws In The New Testament Gospels

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This chapter focuses on two limitations with respect to the Sabbath laws in the New Testament. The Gospel of John has three passages dealing with Sabbatical therapies, John 5:1-18, 7:15-24, and 9:1-41. The chapter discusses these only as far as the Sabbath laws reflected are concerned. At a few other places within the Gospels, one might infer that Sabbath observance, corresponding to certain Sabbath laws, is involved. One possible passage is Mark 1:32. According to the Gospels, Jesus' own disputed Sabbath actions focused on healing chronically sick, this may be related to his mission in the horizon of the inaugurated kingdom of God, in which the Sabbath was viewed as instituted (probably in creation) for the benefit of humankind (Mark 2:27f.), and therapies of chronically sick on the Sabbath were most likely justified as an extended form of life-saving (Mark 3:4).

Keywords: Gospel; John; Mark; New Testament; Sabbath Laws

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