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Rest and Redemption

A Story of the Biblical Sabbath

By Niels-Erik Andreasen
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Rest and Redemption was first published by Andrews University Press in 1978, authored by a young scholar who many years later became the longest-serving president of Andrews University. In celebration of the grand opening of the Andreasen Center for Wellness in 2019, Andrews University was pleased to re-issue Dr. Andreasen’s long-ago insights on the meaning of the ultimate wellness practice: the Sabbath.

About the Author

Niels-Erik Andreasen, an Old Testament scholar and leader in Adventist higher education, served as president of Andrews University from 1994 to 2016. Prior to his tenure at Andrews, he served as president of Walla Walla University, dean of the school of religion at Loma Linda University, religion professor at Loma Linda and Pacific Union College, and visiting lecturer at schools in several countries. He received a B.A. from Newbold College, an M.A. and B.Div. from Andrews University, and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. His dissertation, The Old Testament Sabbath, was published by the Society of Biblical Literature in 1972. He has authored two other books: The Christian Use of Time (Abingdon, 1978) and Rest and Redemption (Andrews University Press, 1978/2019).
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“The Sabbath is about the creation, celebration, renewal, and redemption of the whole person. It is one of the important pillars of the Seventh-day Adventist belief system and our faith. In a very real way the Sabbath defines us and in that definition declares our commitment to celebrating the creative God we serve. That celebration occurs through resting every seventh day when we find wellness and wholeness through worship, reflection, and community. It is about how we live now but also how we will live as community through redemption in the world beyond.”
–From the Foreword by Andrea Luxton, president of Andrews University
Preface to the Second Printing

CHAPTER 1: Humanity, Time, and the Sabbath
CHAPTER 2: The Origin of the Sabbath
CHAPTER 3: The Sabbath Institution in Ancient Israel
CHAPTER 4: The Sabbath, Work, and Rest
CHAPTER 5: The Sabbath and Freedom
CHAPTER 6: The Sabbath and Worship
CHAPTER 7: The Creation Sabbath
CHAPTER 8: The Sabbath as a Sign of the Covenant
CHAPTER 9: The Sabbath and the Gospel
CHAPTER 10: The Sabbath and Redemption

Selected Bibliography
Index of Scriptural References

Title: Rest and Redemption: A Story of the Biblical Sabbath
Author: Niels-Erik Andreasen
ISBN-13: 978-1-940980-28-7
Year: 2019
Pages: 160

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