Sabbath and Festivals

Lutz Doering

in The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Daily Life in Roman Palestine

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199216437
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

Sabbath and Festivals

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This article takes a look at the observance of the Sabbath and other festivals. These involve the habitual Jewish ritual praxis that relates to ‘time’. The article first studies the observance of the Sabbath, which may be considered as a festival day. It examines several concepts related to the Sabbath, including the abstention from work and Sabbath joy. The article then shifts to a discussion on the Jewish festivals, which include the biblical pilgrimage festivals and the public fasts.

Keywords: Sabbath; festivals; Jewish ritual praxis; Sabbath joy; abstention from work; biblical pilgrimage festivals; public fasts

Article.  9745 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Religion in the Ancient World ; Classical History

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