Sabbath-day's journey

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sabbath-day's journey a distance of about a mile, which, under Rabbinical law, the Jews were allowed to travel on the Sabbath.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sabbath-day's journey the distance of 2000 cubits, or about five furlongs, which a Jew was permitted to walk on the Sabbath, fixed by the space between the extreme end of the camp and the ark (Josh. iii. 4)
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. Sabbatum, gener. in pl. Sabbata—Gr. Sabbaton—Heb. Shabbāth, rest.

Usage

In literature:

I looked around; I was at Harris's bed, a Sabbath-day's journey from my own.
"A Tramp Abroad, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Not if there was a minister of proper pulpit manners and a well-ordered mind within a Sabbath-day's journey!
"Bunyan Characters - Third Series The Holy War" by Alexander Whyte
Aunt Hitty, otherwise Mrs. Silas Tarbox, was as cheery and loquacious a person as you could find in a Sabbath day's journey.
"Timothy's Quest" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Miss Nancy never went within a Sabbath day's journey of them.
"When Grandmamma Was New" by Marion Harland
But Jerusalem is still distant from us no Sabbath-day's journey.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
I declare, it's a Sabbath day's journey from one end of that great long marble building to the other.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
Then it occurs to him that he has gone a Sabbath day's journey, and he stops short.
"Yiddish Tales" by Various
Some arrangement to do with his next Sabbath-day's journey.
"The Boy with Wings" by Berta Ruck
The distance from Bethany to Golgotha was not more than a sabbath day's journey.
"A Harmony of the Gospels for Students of the Life of Christ" by Archibald Thomas Robertson
A Sabbath day's journey, for example, was to the Hebrew of old seven miles.
"Through East Anglia in a Motor Car" by J. E. (James Edmund) Vincent
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