Remember the Sabbath Day and Enhance Your Creativity!
St. Thomas Law Review (Minnesota), Forthcoming
32 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2013 Last revised: 5 May 2013
Date Written: April 28, 2013
Beginning in the twentieth century, researchers examining creativity theory have begun to focus on the relationship between a break period known as incubation and enhanced creativity. This relationship centers around the benefits of unconscious processing. Thus, science now seems to be documenting the benefits of the Jewish Sabbath, an institution dating back over three thousand years, during which time all work-day activities are suspended. This Article outlines the theological predicate of the Jewish Sabbath and surveys the history and development of the Sabbath laws. It then discusses the recent research in the social sciences and provides a theoretical bridge from this research to the significance of the Sabbath for enhancing human creativity.
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