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Hemmingsen on the Sabbath and Christian Festivals (3)

Today’s post includes theses 7 and 8 of Hemmingsen’s Assertions concerning the Jewis Sabbath and the Festivals of Christians, in which he defines Sabbath days that were of particular importance due to their association with the great festivals of the Old Testament calendar.

Assertions concerning the Jewish Sabbath and the Festivals of Christians (Continued)

7. The Great Sabbath, which in Scripture is called the Sabbath of the Sabbath, was the Sabbath that occurred during a solemn festival; it was called “Great” because it was held to be holy in a greater degree than the rest of the days of the festival.

8. As the First Sabbath was the first day in a festival that lasted for multiple days–such as the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Feast of Tabernacles, so also the δευτερόπροτον [deuteroproton] or “Second-First” was said by Luke to be the last day that closed a festival that lasted for multiple days,1 so called because it was celebrated with just as much honor and religious devotion as the first day. From this fact, on account of the similar religious devotion in its observation, the first Sabbath was, as it were, repeated a second time.2

  1. See the reference to Luke 6.1 in yesterday’s post.
  2. The translation is my own.

By E.J. Hutchinson

E.J. Hutchinson is Assistant Professor of Classics at Hillsdale College.