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This paper examines the meaning and significance of the terms “holiness of the Sabbath” in theology and their implications for contemporary Christian life. It builds upon a critical interpretation of the term “holiness” in theology to draw practical insights for Christians today. The paper argues that three major approaches define the concept of holiness in the Bible: holiness as consecration; holiness as relational; and divine presence and divine glory - a manifestation of holiness. These approaches explain the dimensions of the holiness of the Sabbath as developed in this paper.

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Gabriel Masfa, Adventist University of Africa, Kenya

Gabriel Masfa, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Historical Theology at the Adventist University of Africa. He could be reached at

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Masfa, G. (2023). Rest for a Restless World: The Holiness of the Sabbath and Its Implications for Christians Today. Pan-African Journal of Theology, 2(2), 101–121. Retrieved from