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Market Day of the Soul, the Paperback – January 1, 2008
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Dennison's detailed, historical study of the Sabbath-particularly the Puritan Sabbath-provides numerous insights that will help Christians today to maintain God-honoring Sabbath-keeping as the market day of the soul. May God use this book to turn many from the soul-damaging result of neglecting to keep the Sabbath day to the conscientious keeping of Sabbath as a delight owed to God (Isa. 58:13-14). --Joel R. Beeke, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
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"In The Market Day of the Soul, James T. Dennison examines the question of the supreme Christian holy day, the Sabbath. He shows how the Sabbath emerged from the imprecision of the sixteenth century to become a celebrated cause in pre-Revolutionary England. Finally, he demonstrates the triumph of the Puritan Sabbath during the Revolution, a triumph that continued to make the English Sabbath distinctive into the nineteenth century. In the course of this investigation, Dennison shows that the Puritan view of the Lord's Day became the dominate view - both theologically and practically - by the latter half of the seventeenth century, in spite of challenges it faced from the ""medieval"" position of the Court party and the Seventh-day Sabbatarians.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 - The Formative Years: The Sabbath and the Desire for a Pure Reformation, 1532-1603
Chapter 2 - The Restless Years: The Sabbath in the Era of the Book of Sports, 1603-1633
Chapter 3 - Years of No Rest: The Sabbath Pamphlet Wars, Laud and the Revolution, 1633-1650
Chapter 4 - Years of Relative Rest: The Sabbath as an English Custom, 1650-1700
Chapter 5 - Conclusion
Appendix I - Articles of Visitation
Appendix II - The Puritan Attitude Toward Recreation
Table Illustrating Doctrinal Differences and Similarities"
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Highly recommended for anyone interested in the history of Lord's Day observance and the theology behind it. Note that this book was cited by J. I. Packer in his "Quest for Godliness". It's serious scholarship written in an accessible and enjoyable manner.