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Sunday Observance
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[German Version]

In Jewish and Christian tradition, observance of a weekly holiday (Holidays) is associated with an injunction to refrain from labor. Unlike other religions, Christianity and Judaism consider interruption and rest – with differing emphasis among the various religious groups – constitutive elements of their identity. Public debate about the modern form of Sunday observance began with industrialization. After various precursors in the 19th century, the struggle of the churches and the labor movement culminated in Germany in the adoption of Sunday as a day of res…

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Rinderspacher, Jürgen P., “Sunday Observance”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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