Adventist Learning Community
0.8 CEU

The Lost Meaning of the Seventh Day by Sigve Tonstad - Book Review

Course Summary

The purpose of this book review is to rediscover how the creation of the Seventh Day Sabbath is the symbol of God’s faithfulness to His people. Additionally, you will have a better understanding of Biblical theology and historical analysis tracing the Seventh Day as it is woven throughout Scripture and the history of Christianity.

What do I need to know?

After completing the learning activities and taking a short multiple-choice quiz, you’ll earn 0.8 continuing education units and a training certificate in your Adventist Learning Community ePortfolio.

What will I learn in this course?

By the end of this course, you will be able to apply Biblical theology and historical analysis to the creation of the Seventh Day Sabbath and have a greater understanding of the experience God wishes for each of us through our observation of the Sabbath. You will experience rediscovery of the Sabbath treasure as a gift to convey God’s presence. The Seventh Day will speak again its native voice of blessing (Genesis 2:1-3).

About the Instructor

Sigve Tonstad was born and raised in Norway. He completed a B.A. in Theology at Middle East College in Lebanon and Andrews University (1974), his MD from Loma Linda University (1979), an MA in Biblical Studies at LLU (1990), and a PhD in New Testament Studies at the University of St. Andrews (2005). He also spent a semester at Duke University studying with E. P. Sanders and Richard B. Hays. He has written books and many articles in Norwegian. His English-language books are The Scandals of the Bible (2000); Saving God’s Reputation; The Theological Function of Pistis Iesou in the Cosmic Narratives of Revelation (T. & T. Clark, 2006); and The Lost Meaning of the Seventh Day (Andrews University Press, 2009). Most recently, Dr. Tonstad has completed a manuscript entitled God of Sense and Traditions of Non-Sense: Reading the Bible in the 21st Century (not yet published). His teaching and research interests are the problem of suffering (theodicy), Johannine Literature, Paul as an apostle of hope (Romans and Galatians), ecological hermeneutics, and biblical ethics. He is married to Serena Hasso Tonstad, a physician and preventive medicine expert. They have two grown daughters. In his spare time, Sigve enjoys running, rollerblading, and cross country skiing.


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Stupendous! This exposition of the Sabbath is articulated superbly. The shroud is boldly lifted allowing the Sabbath to be seen for what it is; a gift revealing the magnificence of Jesus and the excellence with which God has dealt with the problem of evi... Read More

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