The Ten Commandments: The Reciprocity of Faithfulness

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Offering a host of classic and new essays surveying the scholarly ethical and biblical debate surrounding the Ten Commandments, William Brown organizes his volume into three parts: the history of interpretation, contemporary reflections on the Decalogue as a whole, and contemporary reflections on individual commandments. A useful addition to ethics as well as Old Testament and Hebrew Bible courses, Brown's The Ten Commandments will be a standard reference for all Decalogue research, as it facilitates a helpful balance between moral, theological, and biblical study.

The Library of Theological Ethics series focuses on what it means to think theologically and ethically. It presents a selection of important and otherwise unavailable texts in easily accessible form. Volumes in this series will enable sustained dialogue with predecessors though reflection on classic works in the field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664223236
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Series: Library of Theological Ethics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 1,283,815
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

William P. Brown is Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He is the author a number of books including Character in Crisis: A Fresh Approach to the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament and Seeing the Psalms: A Theology of Metaphor.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Divine command and beyond : the ethics of the commandments 12
Ch. 2 The decalogue in the New Testament 33
Ch. 3 Law in the theology of St. Thomas Aquinas 45
Ch. 4 The moral precepts of the old law 51
Ch. 5 Martin Luther and the Rabbinic mind 61
Ch. 6 How Christians should regard Moses 68
Ch. 7 Reformed explication of the ten commandments 78
Ch. 8 On the law and the commandments 100
Ch. 9 The two testaments in the Anabaptist tradition 106
Ch. 10 Three radical reformers on the decalogue 116
Ch. 11 The obedience of trust : recovering the law as gift 133
Ch. 12 Biblical law and the origins of democracy 146
Ch. 13 Should the ten commandments be posted in the public realm? Why the Bible and the constitution say, "no" 159
Ch. 14 The first commandment 173
The first command as a theological and ethica principle 174
Ch. 15 The second commandment 193
"The work of human hands" (Psalm 115:4) : idolatry in the Old Testament 194
Ch. 16 The third commandment 204
The fundamental code illustrated : the third commandment 205
Ch. 17 The fourth commandment 213
A palace in time 214
Restless until we rest in God : the fourth commandments as test case in Christian "plain sense" interpretation 223
Ch. 18 The fifth commandment 237
No contempt for the family 238
Ch. 19 The sixth commandment 248
"Thou shalt not kill" - the first commandment of the just war tradition 249
Ch. 20 The seventh commandment 266
Adultery, prophetic tradition, and the decalogue 267
Ch. 21 The eighth commandment 275
The eighth commandment : a way to king's "beloved community"? 276
Ch. 22 The ninth commandment 290
Truth-telling as subversive obedience 291
Ch. 23 The tenth commandment 301
"Coveting your neighbor's house" in social context 302
App Numbering the commandments 319
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