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Explain how the attitude of Jesus towards the Sabbath in Marks Gospel might affect Christians today.

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  • Submitted: 30/03/2004
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AS and A Level Judaism

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AO2: Explain how the attitude of Jesus towards the Sabbath in Marks Gospel might affect Christians today.

Jesus' attitude to the Sabbath was that:

"The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath"

This attitude totally contrasted the view of the Pharisees, who treated the Sabbath, and encouraged everyone else to treat it like man was made for it. Jesus compared his actions in the "Lord of the Sabbath", when he picks grain for him and his disciples, on the Sabbath, to David, who:

"Entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat"

The Pharisees, who led Jesus to explaining his opinion to the Sabbath (above), by questioning him for "working" on the Sabbath were very upstanding and well respected people in the community of Jesus' time. They were the people who the public went to if they had any questions on how to please God or how you should live life and be "safe".

The Pharisees attitude as I have briefly mentioned above was one that made sure everyone carried out every one of the 516-619 oral laws that

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