Biography Bacchiocchi was born in Rome , Italy on 20 January Bacchiocchi moved with his wife Anna to Kuyera , Shashamane district , Ethiopia, where he lectured in Bible and history. He was the first non-Catholic to be admitted since its beginning in the 16th century. He was awarded a gold medal by Pope Paul VI for the distinction of summa cum laude Latin for "with highest praise". He served as professor of theology and church history. He regularly presented seminars worldwide, and has written many books and articles on biblical topics.
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A Roman Catholic institution It is interesting that Bacchiocchi chose to have his work so strongly associated with an institution the Seventh-day Adventist church views as "The beast of Revelation".
Of course the reason is obvious. So Bacchiocchi desperately needs to establish that the Pope did change the sabbath to Sunday because without this link, White is proven a false prophet.
She teaches that in the first centuries all Christians observed the Sabbath and it was largely through the efforts of Constantine that Sundaykeeping was adopted by many Christians in the fourth century. My research shows otherwise. White who claimed the pope changed the sabbbath. Sundaykeeping had its origin in Rome during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian in the second century. Hadrian persecuted the Jews in Rome incessantly. In an attempt to separate themselves from the Jews and avoid being persecuted with them, these early Roman Christians began keeping Sunday in addition to the Sabbath.
The so called "inspired prophet" Ellen White originally claimed the Pope started "Sunday worship" White later changed her mind and said the Emperor Constantine introduced "Sunday worship" in AD.
Guess 1 : the Pope introduced Sunday worship. Yes Catholics do claim they changed the Sabbath, but they also claim that Peter was the first pope! Sabbath Keepers reject the Catholic claim that Peter was the first pope, so they are in grave error for accepting the Catholic claim that the pope changed the Sabbath to Sunday!
Guess 2 : It was Constantine in AD. Constantine merely made the first "Sunday closure law", since it had already been the day Christians worship for years! The historical claims of Samuele Bacchiocchi, Seventh-day Adventist, refuted. Bacchiocchi is likely the top Seventh-day Adventist historian in the world.
His search for the origin of "first day worship" has led him to reject the traditional position of his church, and his founding prophet, Ellen G. White who claimed "Sunday keeping" began with Constantine in AD.
His view, which is increasingly being adopted by the Seventh-day Adventist church, is that Christians in AD were first to worship on the first day of the week. Apostles in 33 AD introduced Sunday worship. In addition to Acts and 1 Cor , click here for irrefutable historical proof!
Samuele Bacchiocchi refuted A. Carson Editor; R. The most recent and fullest version of this thesis is that of S. We have referred to some aspects of his argument in chapter 8, but we must here debate his principal contentions with regard to the second century.
We have argued above that this assumption is invalid and that there is reason to suppose that Christian worship on Sunday goes back to early Palestinian Christianity not as alternative but as additional to the observance of the Jewish Sabbath. Those Ebionites who, according to Eusebius, observed both the Sabbath and Sunday may well represent the practice of the early Palestinian church.
Accordingly it is in Rome that he locates the origin of Christian Sunday observance along with the origin of the Sunday Easter in place of the Passover and of the practice of fasting on the Sabbath, which was intended to prevent Christians from venerating the Sabbath and to enhance the status of Sunday.
It is, however, important to add that in the controversy with Gnosticism catholic Christianity refused to abandon its continuity with the Old Testament. Derogatory discussions of the Jewish Sabbath do not usually refer to the Christian Sunday. If Sunday were a recent substitute for the Jewish Sabbath, we should expect far more discussion of the superiority of Sunday to the Sabbath. It was the preeminent authority of the bishop of Rome that influenced the entire church to adopt this new practice.
Only this assertion of the primacy of Rome can begin to explain how a custom originating in the early second century could have become as universal in the Christian church as Sunday worship did. The church of Rome had great prestige, but the kind of jurisdictional authority his thesis presupposes is anachronistic in the second century.
No church of that period had sufficient authority to change the weekly day of worship throughout Christendom.
It was not until the end of the second century that bishop Victor of Rome attempted to convert the Quartodeciman churches to the observance of the Sunday Easter, and his attempt encountered stubborn resistance in Asia. Similarly, the church of Rome was singularly unsuccessful in promoting the practice of fasting on the Sabbath. As Bacchiocchi himself admits, as late as the fifth century it was still confined to the church of Rome itself and a few other western churches.
Both in the case of the Sunday Easter and in the case of the Sabbath fast, the surviving historical records indicate considerable debate and controversy in the churches. Like all attempts to date the origins of Sunday worship in the second century, it fails to account for the universality of the custom. Unlike the Sunday Easter and the Sabbath fast, Sunday worship was never, so far as the evidence goes, disputed.
There is no record of any Christian group except the extreme party of the Ebionites that did not observe Sunday, either in the second century or in later centuries of the patristic era. It is true that, from Justin onwards, the Fathers exploited the symbolism of the pagan title "Sunday," but to have actually adopted the pagan day as the Christian day of worship because it was prominent in the pagan sun cults would have been a very bold step indeed.
As such it was already normal Christian practice at the beginning of the second century. Sunday, or the first day of the week, was significant for Christians as the day of the week on which Jesus arose from the dead Mark ff.
Endtime Issues - Samuele Bacchiocchi, Ph. D.
Bacchiocchi moved with his wife Anna to Kuyera , Shashamane district , Ethiopia, where he lectured in Bible and history. He was the first non-Catholic to be admitted since its establishment in the 16th century. Bacchiocchi taught in the religion department of Andrews University from till his retirement in He taught theology and church history.
Books by Samuele Bacchiocchi
A Roman Catholic institution It is interesting that Bacchiocchi chose to have his work so strongly associated with an institution the Seventh-day Adventist church views as "The beast of Revelation". Of course the reason is obvious. So Bacchiocchi desperately needs to establish that the Pope did change the sabbath to Sunday because without this link, White is proven a false prophet. She teaches that in the first centuries all Christians observed the Sabbath and it was largely through the efforts of Constantine that Sundaykeeping was adopted by many Christians in the fourth century. My research shows otherwise. White who claimed the pope changed the sabbbath.