Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online

Get access

Sabbath/Sabbatical Year
(6,541 words)

“Sabbath” and “sabbatical year” or “Sabbath year” are closely associated items in some of the pertinent biblical passages, which is why they are dealt with together in this article. This does not imply more than a terminological similarity, however, and in actual practice it concerns two different subjects that require separate discussion.

The Sabbath is a central institution in Judaism and a main …

Cite this page
Safrai, Zeev and Tomson, Peter J., “Sabbath/Sabbatical Year”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

▲   Back to top   ▲