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Pre-Puritan Sabbatarians? Henry Bullinger on the Sabbath (Part 1)

by Jon English Lee

*This post is the latest in a series looking at the Sabbath. Previous posts include: Where is the Sabbath in the Early Church (Part 3), Where is the Sabbath in the Early Church? (Part 2), Where is the Sabbath in the Early Church? (Part 1), Ecclesiological Implications of the Sabbath (Part 2), Ecclesiological Implications of the Sabbath (part 1), Sabbath Typology and Eschatological Rest, Paul and the Sabbath, Jesus and the Sabbath, The Sabbath and the Decalogue in the OT, a look at God’s Rest as Prescriptive, an examination of the Sabbath as a Creation Ordinance.

Introduction

The English Puritans were not the first Sabbatarians. Not all historians would agree with that statement. Some have argued that sabbatarianism is perhaps the only true addition of English Puritans to the Reformed tradition.[1] Others more explicitly limit rigorous Sunday observance as, “a peculiar development of the English and Scottish Reformation, being unknown on the continent even among Calvinists.”[2] This idea goes back at least to Peter Heylyn, whose interpretation has influenced many other studies of English Puritanism.[3] However, the English Puritans were not novel in their understanding of the Lord’s Day as the “Christian Sabbath.” Instead, as will be shown…

 

 

 

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