iggybacking on recent archaeological discoveries that call
Africa the "Cradle of Civilization," Charles E. Bradford's latest
(and, he says, his last) book traces the seventh-day Sabbath from Eden to Canaan
to Egypt to Israel, back to Egypt, and from there to Ethiopia and other parts
of sub-Saharan Africa. He contends that the seventh-day Sabbath is part of the
social structure of Africa from the beginning of recorded history, and that
it should resonate with all who trace their roots to that great continent.
His interest in the subject was piqued by a reference in Ellen
White's book The Great Controversy (p. 578) that speaks of Sabbathkeepers in
Africa who, during the period of papal tyranny, "kept the seventh day in
obedience to the commandment of God." Sabbath Roots quotes from American
and African scholars to show that centuries before European missionaries "introduced"
the gospel to the African continent, Africans had been acquainted with the Creator
and His Sabbath.
Sabbath Roots: The African Connection is published by the Ministerial
Association of the General Conference.