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From Hebrew shabbat, "rest"; seventh day of the week, designated as a day of rest in the Jewish Scriptures (Gen. 2:1-3; Ex. 20:8-11). According to The Da Vinci Code, "Originally . . . Christianity honored the Jewish Sabbath of Saturday, but Constantine shifted it to coincide with the pagan's veneration day of the sun" (232-33). In fact, Christians began first-day worship in the first century (see Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:2). Didache, a church manual penned in the late first or early second century, states that Christians worshiped on "the Lord's Day," referring to the week's first day, the day of the Lord's resurrection (Matt. 28:1; Mark 16:2; Luke 24:1; John 20:1).

The third-century writings of Hippolytus suggest that many early Christians worshiped on Saturday and Sunday (Apostolic Constitutions, 23). This practice continued until the fourth century, and Constantine had nothing to do with ending it; in 365, the Council of Laodicea voted to end Saturday/Sunday worship, nearly thirty years after his death. The Council's rationale seems to have been a desire to draw a clear distinction between Judaism and Christianity. See also Didache; Hippolytus.

Printed with permission from Bethany House Publishers, South Bloomington, Minnesota from the book "The Da Vinci Codebreaker : an easy-to-use fact checker for truth seekers" by James L. Garlow.

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