The Ten Commandments

Ten Commandments or Decalogue [Gr.,=ten words], in the Bible, the summary of divine law given by God to Moses on Mt. Sinai. They have a paramount place in the ethical systems of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Listed in the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy, the commandments are divided into divided into duties toward God and toward one's family and neighbors and society. Their normative status is indicated by their prescriptive and unconditional language. They function as general stipulations decreed by God as part of His covenant with the people of Israel. In both Exodus and Deuteronomy, the case law following the listing of the commandments is based on them and deduced from the principles contained in them. In Islamic tradition, Moses brings new revelation in the form of the commandments.

See M. Coogan, The Ten Commandments: A Short History of an Ancient Text (2014).

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The Ten Commandments: Selected full-text books and articles

I Am the Lord Your God: Christian Reflections on the Ten Commandments By Carl E. Braaten; Christopher R. Seitz William B. Eerdmans, 2005
The Christian's ABC: Catechisms and Catechizing in England C.1530-1740 By Ian Green Clarendon Press, 1996
Librarian's tip: Chap. 10 "The Ten Commandments"
Law and Protestantism: The Legal Teachings of the Lutheran Reformation By John Witte Jr Cambridge University Press, 2002
Librarian's tip: Discussion of The Ten Commandments in multiple chapters
Studies in the Bible and Jewish Thought By Moshe Greenberg Jewish Publication Society, 1995
Librarian's tip: "The Decalogue Tradition Critically Examined" p. 279-312
The Sinai Myth By Andrew M. Greeley Doubleday, 1972
American Religious and Biblical Spectaculars By Gerald E. Forshey Praeger, 1992
Librarian's tip: Chap. 7 "The Epitome: The Ten Commandments"
Testament of the Father: Kieslowski's 'The Decalogue.' (Krzysztof Kieslowski) By Perlmutter, Ruth Film Criticism, Vol. 22, No. 2, Winter 1997
The Ten Commandments in Alabama By Lubet, Steven Constitutional Commentary, Winter 1998
"Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness": "Sham" Secular Purposes in Ten Commandments Displays By Dokupil, Susanna Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Vol. 28, No. 2, Spring 2005
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Moses and Egypt: The Documentation to the Motion Picture The Ten Commandments By Henry S. Noerdlinger University of Southern California Press, 1956
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