This article examines the concepts of Sabbatical Year and its connections with the concept as practiced in academia. First, the article examines the sabbatical year as portrayed in the Hebrew scriptures. Next, definitions and practices of the sabbatical year in academia is outlined. Finally, connections between the two forms of sabbatical is analyzed, with conclusions drawn about the role the Leviticus sabbatical can play in the understanding and execution of academic leave. While the purpose of the academic sabbatical year is quite different, academicians can learn from the lessons of Leviticus, and approach their leaves of absence with a more obligatory yet relational sense of its purpose, and a more flexible and transformation-focused sense of its practice.
Endres, T. G. (2001). An examination of the sabbatical year in Leviticus 25 and its implications for academic practice. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 30(1), 29–38.