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New Book on Ten Commandments Explores Biblical Background and Ethical Implications for Today


Decatur, GA.—William P. Brown, professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA, is the editor of The Ten Commandments: The Reciprocity of Faithfulness, released this fall by Westminster John Knox Press. Designed as a standard reference for study of the Ten Commandments, the book offers classic and new essays that explore the biblical background of the commandments and the commandments’ ethical implications for today. Following Brown’s introduction, the book is organized into three sections: history of interpretation (e.g., Philo, Thomas Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Riedemann); contemporary reflections on the Decalogue as a whole; and contemporary reflections on individual commandments. Authors include Walter Brueggemann, Nancy Duff, Walter Harrelson, George Lindbeck, Paul Capetz, Abraham Heschel, and Kathryn Greene-McCreight. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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