The True Doctrine of the Christian SabbathISBN: 9781601783998
No book had more influence in confirming a Sabbatarian "heart" to Puritanism than that of the parson of St. Andrews, Norton, Suffolk, Nicholas Bownd. The True Doctrine of the Sabbath was the first scholarly treatment defending the concept of the Christian Sabbath or Lord's Day, later embodied in the Westminster Standards. Not reprinted since 1606, this influential work is presented afresh in a new critical edition.
Table of Contents:
Book One: The Ancient Institution and Continuance of the Sabbath 1. The Difference of the Fourth Commandment 2. The Sabbath Ought to Be Continued 3. Sundry Objections against the Sabbath Propounded and Answered 4. The Day to Be Kept as the Sabbath 5. The Change of the Day from the Seventh to the First 6. The Name of the Day Changed 7. The First Part of the Commandment Is Resting 8. The Reasons for Resting on the Sabbath Day 9. All Degrees of Men are Commanded to Rest 10. Six Days Work Sufficient & The Sabbath Day's Journey 11. All Bodily Labor Is not Forbidden 12. Works of Necessity and Mercy on the Sabbath 13. Christians as Strictly Bound by This Law as Were Jews 14. Resting from Lawful Recreations
Book Two: The Sanctification of the Sabbath 1. The Second Part of the Command: Sanctifying the Day 2. There Is to Be a Precise Keeping of the Sabbath 3. Public Worship on the Sabbath 4. Public Worship: The Ordinances Thereof 5. Public Worship: From the Heart for Our Salvation 6. Public Worship: Collections for the Poor 7. The Sabbath Is a Whole Day 8. Private Worship: Preparing for Public Worship 9. Private Worship: Meditating & Conferring on God's Word 10. Private Worship: Meditating on God's Works 11. Private Worship: Singing of Psalms 12. Works of Mercy 13. The Keeping of the Sabbath to Be Urged by Superiors 14. Conclusion
Nicholas Bownd (1551?-1613) was the pastor of a country parish in rural England. Judging from the sermons he published, his ministry exhibited the practical divinity taught by his stepfather, Richard Greenham, which focused on the means of grace. The crucial 'mean of the means' whereby all these means of grace were made available to the people of God was the weekly gatherings on the Christian Sabbath or Lord's Day. In 1595, Bownd published True Doctrine of the Sabbath, which derived from sermons preached about 1586. This book embroiled him in a singular controversy with a troublesome neighbor, which resulted in the first Sabbatarian controversy in England, and also led to a vindicating expanded edition in 1606. For the last two years of his life he ministered at St. Andrew in Norwich, the highest call a man of his Puritan convictions could have attained in those days.
"After four centuries of rest, Nicholas Bownd's famous book on the Sabbath has re-Bownded. Attractively printed, this work is a critical edition of the 1595 version and the expanded 1606 edition. Coldwell has painstakingly collated and meticulously annotated the two so as to allow Bownd's classic Puritan doctrine of the Lord's Day Sabbath to be published afresh. Lovers of the Scriptures as interpreted by the Westminster Standards will rejoice. May all glory redound to the Eschatological Lord of Sabbath rest, as it did four centuries ago." - James T. Dennison, Jr., author of The Market Day of the Soul: The Puritan Doctrine of the Sabbath in England, 1532-1700; and Academic Dean and Professor of Church History and Biblical Theology, Northwest Theological Seminary, Lynnwood, Washington
"Those with an interest in developments leading up to the formulation of the Sabbath doctrine taught in the Westminster standards will benefit from this careful documentation and analysis of the views of Nicholas Bownd." - Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., author of Calvin and the Sabbath; Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary
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