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In this new volume from the New American Commentary Studies in Bible & Theology series, Mark Rooker discusses one by one the language of each of the Ten Commandments and its complete meaning in the ancient context. Adding a depth of understanding that can’t be obtained by looking only at the commandment itself, he shows how each commandment echoes elsewhere in the Old Testament, how it was violated in Israel’s history, and how it surfaces again in the New Testament. In conclusion, Rooker includes an extended ...
In this new volume from the New American Commentary Studies in Bible & Theology series, Mark Rooker discusses one by one the language of each of the Ten Commandments and its complete meaning in the ancient context. Adding a depth of understanding that can’t be obtained by looking only at the commandment itself, he shows how each commandment echoes elsewhere in the Old Testament, how it was violated in Israel’s history, and how it surfaces again in the New Testament. In conclusion, Rooker includes an extended section on the theological significance of each commandment and its contemporary implications.
Posted June 28, 2011
The Ten Commandments: Ethics for the Twenty-first Century by Mark F. Rooker, is the seventh volume of the NAC Studies in Bible & Theology. Like the previous volumes in this excellent series, students of the Bible will greatly benefit from this latest edition. Rooker carefully dedicates a chapter to each commandment and carefully considers both its significance within the Old Testament and the New Testament. Since biblical ethics is being undermined by so many educational institutions, media outlets, and the entertainment industry, every English-speaking follower of Jesus needs a call to return to a biblical methodology of determining what is right and wrong. This work by Dr Rooker will do just that. Introduction The First Commandment The Second Commandment The Third Commandment The Fourth Commandment The Fifth Commandment The Sixth Commandment The Seventh Commandment The Eighth Commandment The Ninth Commandment The Tenth Commandment Conclusion With careful exegesis and detailed scholarship, this work makes a significant contribution to the study of the Ten Commandments from a conservative evangelical perspective. It is written in such a way that it will be beneficial to interested laymen, Sunday School teachers, pastors, theologians, and scholars. Because of the wide range of opinions on the fourth commandment, it is impossible for an evangelical Christian to take a position that is accepted by all Bible students. Dr. Rooker does not shy away from this commandment or refuse to take a position. His position differs from Presbyterians and Reformed Baptists, but many may see Rooker's position as the most defensible one. Along with many evangelicals, Rooker states that the fourth commandment is not repeated in the New Testament in the sense that it is binding upon New Covenant believers. No one would argue that it is not mentioned in the Sabbath debates between the Pharisees and Jesus. But the other nine commandments that appear in teaching passages for Jewish and Gentile Christians are directly applied to them as ethical behavior that is pleasing to God because they reveals his character (e.g. Rom 7:7, 13:8-10; 1 Cor 7:19, 10:14; Eph 6:1-2; 1 Thes 4:2-3; 1 John 5:21). In chapter ten of this work, the explanation on coveting may be one of the best in print in English. It is very insightful to make the distinction that what is forbidden in this commandment is longing for an actual possession that belongs to a specific person or a person legally attached to him/her rather than desiring a possession similar to one owned by a friend. A balance between the positions of the legalists and the libertines is found in each chapter of this work, but this is clearly evident in chapter ten.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 19, 2014
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