A Day Apart: How Jews, Christians, and Muslims Find Faith, Freedom, and Joy on the Sabbath

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byChristopher D. Ringwald

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The Sabbath is the original feast day, a day of joy and freedom from work, a holy day that allows us to reconnect with God, our fellows and nature. Now, in a compelling blend of journalism, scholarship and personal memoir, Christopher D. Ringwald examines the Sabbath from Creation to thepresent, weaving together the stories of three families, three religions and three thousand years of history.A Day Apart is the first book to examine the Sabbath in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. A marvelously readable book, it offers a fascinating portrait of the basics of the three Sabbaths--the Muslim Juma on Friday, the Jewish Shabbat on Saturday and the Christian Lord's Day on Sunday--and introducesus to three families, including Ringwald's own, and shows how they observe the holy day and what it means to them. The heart of the book recounts the history of the Sabbath, ranging from the Creation story and Moses on Mount Sinai, to the teachings of Jesus and Muhammad, the impact of the ProtestantReformation and the Industrial Revolution, and the rise of the modern weekend. Ringwald shows that the Sabbath instinct, to observe a special day of withdrawal and repose, is universal. Indeed, all religions and philosophies teach that life is more than toil, that time should be set aside forcontemplation, enjoyment and culture.

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The Sabbath is the original feast day, a day of joy and freedom from work, a holy day that allows us to reconnect with God, our fellows and nature. Now, in a compelling blend of journalism, scholarship and personal memoir, Christopher D. Ringwald examines the Sabbath from Creation to thepresent, weaving together the stories of three fa...

Christopher D. Ringwald is the author of The Soul of Recovery and a journalist who has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Commonweal and National Catholic Reporter . He is a visiting scholar and directs the Faith and Society Project at The Sage Colleges, in Albany, New York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 5.71 × 8.9 × 0.79 inPublished:November 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. From Sinai to Sunday: The Holy Day in Three Religions and Three Families2. The Birth of the Sabbath: From Creation to Mount Sinai and into The Promised Land in 1100 BCE3. The Fight for the Sabbath: From the Monarchy to Jesus and the Age of the Rabbis: 1000 BCE to 200 CE4. The Lord's Day: Easter to 16005. Islam's Day of Judgment6. Citizens and Sabbatarians: 1600 to 18907. The Sabbath Defeated, Reborn, Converted: 1890 to the Present8. The Window on Eternity9. Give Me a Break: Work, Rest, Equality, Play, and Place10. The Promise of Peace: Sharing the Holy DayAppendix: Random Notes on Keeping the SabbathNotesBibliographyIndex