Why did the Pharisees say it was illegal to carry the mat on the Sabbath?


John 5:10

ESV - 10 So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, "It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.

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Stringio Vincent Mercado Supporter Skeptic turned believer, Catholic, father of 3
Halakha (Jewish law) identifies thirty-nine categories of activity prohibited on Shabbat, and clarifies many questions surrounding the application of the biblical prohibitions. Many of these activities are also prohibited on the Jewish holidays listed in the Torah, although there are significant exceptions permitting carrying and preparing food under specific circumstances.

Jews disagree about how to interpret these categories and there are often strong disagreements between Orthodox Jews and Conservative Jews or other non-Orthodox Jews.

The thirty-nine creative activities are:
1. Planting
2. Plowing
3. Reaping
4. Gathering
5. Threshing/Extraction
6. Winnowing
7. Sorting/Purification
8. Grinding
9. Sifting
10. Kneading/Amalgamation
11. Cooking/Baking
12. Shearing
13. Scouring/Laundering
14. Carding/Combing wool
15. Dyeing
16. Spinning
17. Warping
18. Making two loops/threading heddles
19. Weaving
20. Separating two threads
21. Tying
22. Untying
23. Sewing
24. Tearing
25. Trapping
26. Slaughtering
27. Flaying/Skinning
28. Curing/Preserving
29. Smoothing
30. Scoring
31. Measured Cutting
32. Writing
33. Erasing
34. Building
35. Demolition
36. Extinguishing a fire
37. Igniting a fire
38. Applying the finishing touch
39. Transferring between domains

Carrying of mats fall under #39.

November 26 2013 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Seth3 Seth Freeman
The Jews were not allowed to work on the Sabbath, and they had very strict rules about what was classified as work. It was considered work to carry his mat, and therefore the Pharisees would have seen it as wrong.

November 12 2013 1 response Vote Up Share Report

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