The Ten Commandments: The Reciprocity of Faithfulness

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William P. Brown
Westminster John Knox Press, Jan 1, 2004 - Religion - 349 pages

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'sThe Ten Commandmentswill 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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The Moral Precepts of the Old Law
Reformed Explication of the Ten Commandments
Three Radical Reformers on the Decalogue
Biblical Law and the Origins of Democracy
Should the Ten Commandments Be Posted
The Third Commandment
The Fourth Commandment
The Fourth Commandment as Test Case
The Fifth Commandment
The Seventh Commandment
The Ninth Commandment
Author Index

The Second Commandment

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Page 105 - Oh, how I love thy law! It is my meditation all the day. . . . How sweet are thy words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Ps 119:97,
Page 55 - The law was our custodian until Christ came, that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian; for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ
Page 174 - I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. (Rom 7:15,
Page 53 - For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. ... I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin which dwells in my members
Page 282 - [he] who steals my purse steals trash, 'tis something, nothing, 'twas mine, 'tis his, has been the slave of thousands, but he who filches from me my freedom, robs me of that which not enriches him, but makes me poor indeed.
Page 197 - For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.
Page 301 - it in terms that completely disguise and misrepresent. Long ago Isaiah had noted the capacity to deceive by giving things false names: Ah, you who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light, and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter. (Isa 5:20)
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Page 55 - A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. "The
Page 187 - with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matt 22:36-^40)

About the author (2004)

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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