The Decalogue: Bible Scholarship for Use Today

Abrahamson, Brant; Smith, Frederick C.
June 2003
Multicultural Education;Summer2003, Vol. 10 Issue 4, p42
Academic Journal
This article discusses the history and use of the Decalogue, the primary topic addressed in the book The Decalogue: Biblical Scholarship for Use Today written by the present authors. The Decalogue: Biblical Scholarship for Use Today focuses on historical study of a Bible theme that is linked to a current hot topic. In the book, the authors present the biblical account of the Decalogue. That is followed by a scholarly view. Next, students read through the Decalogue versions that are found in Exodus chapter 20, Exodus chapter 34, Leviticus chapter 19 and Deuteronomy chapter 5. then these commandments ideas are traced in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. This article also raises the issue of whether the Decalogue should be used as a governmental guide for morality or whether highly edited lists of the Ten Commandments should be endorsed by local, state or national governments, including postings in public schools. Students look at reasons why people in various groups might want governmental recognition of the Decalogue and other problems that such attempts call to mind. In sum, the authors hope the lesson encourages students to expand their understanding of the Bible--one of the formative elements of Western culture--at the same time they are thinking through an important current issue.


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