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Publication Date: 20 Apr 2017
Publisher: Apollos
Page Count: 240
Author: David L Baker
ISBN-13: 9781783595501, 9781783595518

The Decalogue

Living As The People Of God
By David L Baker
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Summary
David L. Baker offers a rare and valuable study of the Decalogue, or Ten Commandments, within their biblical and ancient Near Eastern setting. In addition to an informative discussion of introductory and background issues, he gives each commandment focussed attention, offering commentary as well as consideration of its meaning for today.

What is the Decalogue? (Shape, form, origin, purpose)
Loving God (1 - 5: loving God, worship, reverence, rest, family)
Loving neighbour (6 - 10: life, marriage, property, truth, coveting)
The Decalogue Today
Bibliography
About the Author
Lecturer in Biblical Studies at All Nations Christian College, Ware, England. Until 2014 he was Senior Lecturer in Old Testament at Trinity Theological College, Perth, Australia. Previously Deputy Warden of Tyndale House, Cambridge and a seminary lecturer in Indonesia for over twenty years. Author of Two Testaments, One Bible: The Theological Relationship Between the Old and New Testaments, Tight Fists or Open Hands? Poverty and Wealth in Old Testament Law, and several books in Indonesian. Research interests include Deuteronomy, the Decalogue, the relationship between the Testaments, and wealth and poverty in the Old Testament.
Press Reviews

I grew up in a generation of children required to memorize and recite the Ten Commandments by heart. They set the shape of accepted Christian ethics. Later, I visited many churches with the Ten Commandments inscribed on the walls but lacking the vital context of the opening affirmation of God's redeeming grace: 'I am the LORD your God who brought you up out of the house of bondage'—law without gospel. David Baker's timely book challenges us to reconsider the foundational place of the Decalogue in Christian personal and public ethics. But he is also careful to note the context—both the biblical context of God's people's obedience as a grateful response to saving grace, and the surrounding context of Ancient Near Eastern cultures and laws, for helpful comparison and contrast. The result is a richly rewarding textbook, surveying the field of biblical scholarship comprehensively but with a light touch, drawing together many threads in wider biblical theology, and reflecting on the relevance of the Ten Commandments in contemporary church and society.

- Christopher J. H. Wright, international ministries director, Langham Partnership

David Baker is someone who knows the Old Testament, knows the Ancient Near East, and knows the scholarly literature, and his study of the Ten Commandments is clear, thorough, wide ranging, and knowledgeable. Further, if you ever want to read anything else, the footnotes and the bibliography are a treasury.

- John Goldingay, Fuller Theological Seminary

An enjoyable read

- Evangelicals Now

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